Why Housekeeping is Important
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in recent years, there are more than 800 injuries annually involving floors, walkways, and ground surfaces. OSHA issues hundreds of citations to companies for violations of poor housekeeping and OSHA lists housekeeping on their top 100 most frequently cited list. Workers should do their part to help prevent injuries and incidents by practicing good housekeeping on every job and at every worksite.
Housekeeping should be a regular topic in safety meetings and the job supervisor will have the opportunity at the safety meeting to reinforce company policies on housekeeping and go over the OSHA standards that apply to that job site.
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Nails in scrap lumber and other debris should always be removed or hammered down to prevent injuries.
Waste and scrap materials must be removed from the immediate work area to avoid creating trip and slip hazards where there is active work ongoing. Work areas must be kept clear as the work progresses. Pipe, conduit, rebar and any other material that can roll must be kept away from aisles and walkways to avoid creating trip hazards.
Use designated waste bins, recycle bins, and metal scrap containers. Entry ways, walk ways, and sidewalks should be kept free of water, ice, snow, and other potential trip, slip, or fall hazards.
Designated waste bins, recycle bins and metal scrap containers must be used on site. When disposing of waste or materials on a multi-story construction site, chutes or designated drop-off zones must be used to avoid possible fall or struck-by hazards.