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Good Housekeeping is the
foundation for accident
A neat, clean and orderly
workplace is a safe workplace
The benefits of keeping a tidy
workplace far exceed the small
additional effort required

Benefits of Good
Safe, healthy workplace
Little or no accidents or fire
Less accidents
Lower EMR/ RIR
Lower insurance costs
Money savings!

More Benefits
Efficient working conditions
Increased productivity
Increased Worker Pride
Increased Productivity & Increased Quality
Increased Productivity
Saving Time
Saving time = Saving money &
On Time Delivery

Results of Poor
Throughout the nation, over 1 million people suffer from
injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls each year
15% of time-loss injuries are a result of falls
60% of these falls are from slips and trips
Causes of slips:

Wet or oily surfaces

Loose rugs or mats

Causes of Trips:

Poor lighting
Clutter in the way
Obstructed view
Wrinkled carpeting

Injuries from Slips,

Trips, and Falls

Stains/ Sprains
Torn ligaments
Broken bones
Back or spine injury

Accident Prevention
Slips, trips, and falls are the number one preventable
accident in the workplace
Good Housekeeping is the basis for preventing slips,
trips, and falls:

Cleaning up spills immediately

Marking wet areas
Mopping or sweeping debris from floor
Removing obstacles from walkways and keeping them free
of clutter
Securing mats and rugs to floor to lay flat on floor
Covering/ taping down cables across walkways
Keeping work areas well lit
Put away tools

Fire Prevention
Store flammable and combustible liquid in
approved flammable liquid containers
Keep reactive chemicals separated
Keep combustibles away from electrical
equipment and machinery
Clearly mark exits in case of emergency

OSHA 1926.25
(a) During the course of construction, alteration,
or repairs, form and scrap lumber with
protruding nails and all other debris, shall be
kept cleared from work areas, passageways,
and stairs, in and around buildings or other
(b) Combustible scrap and debris shall be
removed at regular intervals during the
course of construction. Safe means shall be
provided to facilitate such removal.
(c) Containers shall be provided for the
collection and separation of waste, trash, oily
and used rags and other refuse. Containers
used for garbage and other oil\y, flammable
or hazardous wastes, such as caustics,
acids, harmful dusts, etc. shall be disposed
of at frequent intervals.

Safety Procedures
Noncombustible scrap metal and
debris shall be removed from work
areas, passageways, stairs and
from around buildings
Combustible materials must be
removed at regular intervals without
hazard to those removing hazardous
Protruding nails shall be removed
from lumber before stacking
Waste shall be collected in
containers before disposal.
Separate containers with lids shall
be used for hazardous waste.

cont. .


Store tools and materials neatly and out of the way

in storage bins or lockers.
Ensure that materials stored at overhead levels
are secured.
Never throw waste or materials from a building or
Where falling debris can potentially occur, guard
the area and use signage requiring workers to
wear hard hats
Control muddy areas by placing fill to decrease the
risk of slipping accidents

Example Plan for

Good Housekeeping
Set aside time for housekeeping on a daily
Evaluate your workspace and remove potential
hazards before starting work
Clean up as you go
Inspect and clean PPE before each use
Use the right equipment for housekeeping
Brooms, vacuums, mops, cleaning compounds
Eye protection, gloves, proper shoes, dust masks

Housekeeping Checklist


Are protruding nails, form, scrap lumber,

and other debris kept clear from work areas,
passageways, and stairs, in and around
buildings or other structures?

Are combustible scrap and debris being

removed at regular intervals during the
course of construction?

Are containers being provided for the

collection and separation of waste and

Do the containers for the hazardous wastes

(oily rags and flammables) have lids?

Things to Remember
Slips, trips, and falls can be easily prevented with
good housekeeping
A neat and clean workplace is a safe workplace
Be aware of potential housekeeping hazards by
cleaning as you go
Identify and eliminate hazards before you start

Good Housekeeping Benefits Everyone!

Works Cited