Housekeeping is an essential part of everyone’s responsibility in FREAS. After completing a task/job, clean up the work area and place all waste material in the proper disposal container. If you determine that a special cleaning process may be needed, contact the Custodial Supervisor prior to starting the work for their input. Materials and supplies should only be placed in their approved storage location.
Extended Safety Message:
- According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 800 injuries annually involving poor housekeeping of floors, walkways, and ground surfaces.
- OSHA lists housekeeping on their top 100 most frequently cited list.
- Separate waste or scrap materials from the immediate work area to avoid creating trip and slip hazards.
- Store pipe, conduit, rebar, and other rolling materials away from aisles and walk ways 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 materials that are a potential trip, slip, or fall hazard.
- Workers should do their part to help avoid and prevent injuries and incidents by practicing good housekeeping on every job.
- All work areas such as warehouse floors, production areas, break-rooms, and restrooms should be maintained and keep clean.
- Materials should only be kept in a designated storage area.
- Never block an emergency exists with tools or stored materials.
- Return tools and unused materials to their proper location.
- OSHA Standard 1910.22(a)(1) All places of employment, passageways, storerooms, service rooms, and walking/working surfaces are kept in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition.
- EHS conducts annual housekeeping inspections and assigns any findings to the space owner.
- Report all spills and leaks so that the proper cleaning process can be used.
- Good housekeeping practices should eliminate all fire hazards.
- Keep combustible materials at the jobsite to a minimum. Contact EHS if you have questions.
- Avoid tracking dirt/materials into the non-jobsite areas of the building/campus.
- Housekeeping is not a one-time process. Maintain regular inspections of your areas.