The Importance of Jobsite Housekeeping

Good housekeeping should be a primary concern of all. Poor housekeeping can lead to increased accidents for your employees. Not only is this an obvious safety problem but it also reflects poorly on your company, implying that the project is poorly managed and your company lacks professionalism. Learning the habit of good housekeeping takes practice.

Do your part by storing needed materials neatly in a central location, away from walkways. Keep work areas and adjacent walkways and stairs clean and orderly. Be sure that all combustible materials are disposed of properly to prevent the possibility of fires. Always clean up spills immediately using appropriate procedures and PPE. Make it a habit to remove or bend over all nails protruding from scrap lumber to protect against puncture wounds. Sharp-edged and pointed tools should be stored in such a way as to prevent injuries.

Keep air compressor hoses and extension cords out of walkways to prevent tripping. Coil hoses and cables when not in use. Place trash cans strategically throughout the jobsite so that employees will throw away refuse appropriately. Never stack or pile materials in front of exits, fire extinguishers or sprinklers. Do not clean dusty areas with an air compressor; instead, use a vacuum, sweeping compound or wet mop. Clean up should be done throughout the day, not just at the end of a shift!

If you remember these tips you will promote safety in the workplace, improve performance, and protect your employees and the public. Good housekeeping just makes good sense!

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