Housekeeping Procedure 209


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Housekeeping is critical for a safe and healthy workplace free from hazards. A lack of housekeeping or poor housekeeping practices can frequently cause workplace incidents.

Two of the most common injuries that effective housekeeping can eliminate or significantly reduce are slips and trips. Unmanaged spills, inappropriately placed objects, damaged flooring and insufficient lighting are all examples of preventable hazards that could cause serious injuries or even fatalities in the workplace.

The Housekeeping Procedure increases businesses’ and their employees’ awareness of the importance of housekeeping in all workplaces and the steps they can take to improve their current housekeeping procedures.

The procedure ensures that:

  • management staff, employees and contractors understand their housekeeping responsibilities
  • work areas are free from tripping hazards and sharp objects
  • there is adequate and appropriate lighting, signage and warning lights in the workplace
  • implementations are in place to prevent people and equipment from falling
  • smoking and ignition are prohibited within or around the premises
  • there is clear access to emergency equipment, first aid, fire extinguishers, fire hoses, emergency exits, switchboards and amenities
  • walkways are clearly marked and free from obstructions and sharp objects
  • access and egress consider the use of tools, plant and equipment
  • oil rags, rubbish, scraps and waste material are disposed of correctly and promptly
  • spills are controlled safely, and
  • chemicals are stored correctly.

The procedure works in conjunction with 503 – Workplace Safety Inspection Form.

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