A workplace that practises good housekeeping not only increases worker morale but prevents injuries and illnesses.
Good housekeeping is an important element of a safety and health program for reducing hazards in the workplace. Housekeeping also keeps the work area clean and free from clutter that can contribute to workplace incidents.
Employer must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the safety, health and welfare of all workers and others in the workplace.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) recommends establishing a workplace housekeeping program.
Benefits of good housekeeping in the workplace:
To maintain good housekeeping practices, employers should:
- Eliminates and/or reduces slips, trips and falls
- Decreases fire hazards by reducing waste, debris and flammable materials
- Improves worker health by reducing exposure to harmful substances and airborne particles
- Fewer worker injuries because equipment is maintained, materials are well- organized and warning signs are posted
- Reduced work-related stress on the worker
- allocate time for workers to clean and clear all waste from the workplace
- regularly inspect and repair tools and equipment in the workplace
- ensure spills are immediately cleaned and warning signs are visible
- keep aisles and walkways clear from obstructions
- provide directions, labels and signs for items in the workplace
- maintain clean lighting fixtures that are free from dust
- ensure garbage is segregated and regularly collected.
Good housekeeping that is done on a regular basis helps promote a culture of safety in the workplace, and shows the employer's commitment to the safety, health and welfare of workers. For more information, please see Workplace Safety and Health Regulation Part 4, General Workplace Requirements, and Part 13, Entrances, Exits, Stairways and Ladders.