Housekeeping Isn’t a Dirty Word
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Poor housekeeping is one of the leading causes of nonfatal occupational injuries. According to the National Safety Council, 15% of all accidental deaths at work are caused by slips, trips, and falls. Many of which can be linked to shoddy housekeeping.
WHAT’S THE DANGER?
What can happen to the work environment when you don’t practice good housekeeping?
- Not containing and cleaning up combustible dust is a huge risk for explosion.
- Improper storage of flammable and combustible liquids is also a fire or explosion risk.
- Not properly stacking and storing items is a falling objects risk that can lead to injury or death, and damage to products and equipment.
- Cluttered aisles and passageways:
- Increase the chance of slip, trip, fall injuries.
- Blocks escape in an emergency; and
- Blocks emergency equipment like fire extinguishers.
- A messy space can hide health hazards, chemical leaks, and fire hazards.
- Finally, poor housekeeping can lead to pest or rodent infestation.