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  • A Place for Everything, Everything in its Place

    It may seem like common sense: Keeping your workplace clean and clutter-free will yield fewer illnesses and injuries for employees. But poor housekeeping practices are among the most common worksite safety violations seen by NSC consultants in the field.

    It's not just industrial sites. All work sites, including office spaces, will be safer if employees follow good housekeeping procedures.

    Common Workplace Hazards

    According to OSHA, safe work environments lead to healthier workers, higher morale and increased productivity. So, what should you be looking for to reduce exposure to hazardous conditions in your workplace?

    While hazards will vary based on the environment and type of business, here are some common causes of injury you can start to look for immediately in your workplace:

    • Blocked emergency exits
    • Clutter on floors, creating a tripping hazard
    • Improperly stored hazardous materials
    • Dust buildup
    • Items stacked too high
    • Spills

    The U.S. Department of Labor reports that slips, trips and falls account for about 15% of all workplace deaths – second only to motor vehicle crashes. Good housekeeping practices go a long way to reducing these risks.

    Learn more.

    Set up a Housekeeping Program

    According to OSHA, housekeeping practices are among the easiest and most visible safety measures to implement in the workplace. In other words, routine and regular housekeeping should not break the bank nor cause undue stress on workers.

    It all begins with worker training; employees need to know the significance of housekeeping, safe work practices and hazard reporting. Then, develop a schedule for routine maintenance and housekeeping, and assign those responsibilities to employees.

    OSHA offers more information on setting up a housekeeping program.

    OSHA's National Safety Stand-down is May 8-12

    Fatalities caused from elevation are a leading cause of death for construction workers. OSHA and NSC ask employers to take a few minutes during the annual Fall Safety Stand Down to talk to your workers about safety when working from heights. You don't have to be in the construction industry to participate; falls can happen in all industries.

    Learn more.

    Bring Safety Home

    Most deaths from unintentional injury don't occur in the workplace. They happen at home.

    The first step is learning to become more aware of your surroundings. We all can take more responsibility for the safety and well-being of ourselves, our co-workers and our loved ones.

  • 5-minute Safety Talk

    To some people, the word "housekeeping" calls to mind cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter. But in a work setting, it means all that and much more. This 5-minute safety talk outlines the reasons housekeeping is crucial to safe workplaces.

    Tip Sheet

    According to OSHA, good housekeeping implies that a workplace is kept in an organized, uncluttered, and hazard-free condition. Get housekeeping tips for your workplace.

  • Safety Spotlight - May 2017



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