Good Housekeeping

Course Description

There is a direct correlation between a clean, neat, and orderly workplace and a safe, successful organization. Poor housekeeping, on the other hand, creates hazards and invites accidents. Use this online safety training course to train employees on good housekeeping techniques for a safe workplace.

Duration: 18 minutes

Why "Good Housekeeping" Matters

  • Eliminates accident and fire hazards;
  • Maintains safe, healthy work conditions;
  • Saves time, money, materials, space, and effort;
  • Improves productivity and quality;
  • Boosts morale; and
  • Reflects an image of a well-run, successful organization.

Key Points

  • Keep aisles, passage ways, stairways, and floors clear of tools, materials, boxes, cords, cables, air hoses, and trash.
  • Close drawers.
  • Put tools and materials away when you’re not using them.
  • Cover sharp edges of tools.
  • Stack materials carefully, so they won’t fall or block sprinkler access.
  • Clean up all spills immediately and properly—or call someone who can.
  • Report any loose or broken flooring or other broken equipment.
  • Avoid keeping food and beverages in the work area.
  • Place all trash in proper containers—closed metal containers for combustible waste.
  • Don’t let paper or other combustibles come in contact with lights or electrical equipment.
  • Prevent dirt or grease buildup on machinery and equipment.
  • Smoke only where permitted, and put out smoking materials in ashtrays.
  • Keep flammable liquid containers closed when not in use.
  • Don’t place tools or equipment on the edges of shelves or tables.
  • A good housekeeping program must include careful planning, a cleanup schedule or policy, effective inspection, and continuous enforcement of housekeeping rules.
  • Inspect your area for unnecessary tools, equipment, parts, materials, and supplies; items that are not needed should be sent to the storage room or used for salvage.
  • Reorganize the storage area in your workplace.  Establish one or more storage areas for holding finished products and daily quantities or raw materials and supplies; storage areas should not obstruct aisles and work areas.
  • Create a daily cleanup policy and program.  Periodically review housekeeping rules, cleanup policies, and procedures.
  • Order results in greater and safer production of better products at lower costs.  This means increased business and prosperity for our company—and for you, its employees.

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