Housekeeping & Safety in the Workplace

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Workplace hazards apply to an office setting just as much as they do to an industrial one. To keep employees safe at all times, your company should adopt policies that are geared toward housekeeping rules. Making sure the area in around the workplace is kept clean and safe is an important part of ensuring that no injuries occur due to accidents.

Spills

  • When an employee sees a liquid spilled on a slick floor surface, that should be reported to maintenance immediately. A yellow warning sign should be placed on or near the spill until it can be cleaned up. Floor surfaces that should be considered slick are concrete, linoleum, tile and asphalt. This policy should apply to any part of the work area and any room that people may walk through.

Walkways

  • The company should assign a safety officer to make sure that all walkways are cleared of obstructions. Boxes, chairs, small file cabinets and any other obstruction that people may leave in a walkway should be put in its proper spot immediately. Blocked walkways present a tripping hazard, and it is also possible that a walkway obstruction would block a fire door or become an obstacle when attempting to evacuate the building in case of an emergency.

Smokers

  • Many companies have an outdoor area designated for employee smoking. Following a few important safety rules in the outdoor employee smoking area is critical for employee safety. Use a clearly marked ash tray for cigarette butts, and empty those ash trays into a metal trash receptacle. According to the State of New Mexico Workers Compensation Administration website, you should douse the metal trash receptacle with water before putting the contents into the dumpster. Keep the grass around the smoking area trimmed to prevent grass catching on fire from cigarette ashes.

Proper Storage

  • All items should be properly stored to maintain workplace safety, according to the Saftek website. Avoid having items hanging out from storage shelves or putting heavy boxes on high shelves. Replace all work tools when you are done using them, and push in your chair when you are not at your desk. Make sure everything is properly stored at all times to prevent falling objects from causing injury and property damage.

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