Toolbox Talk: Housekeeping
“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression."
Never has this phrase been so true as when it comes to housekeeping at work. The negative impressions and implications of poor housekeeping can affect you and your co-workers for a long time to come. Housekeeping refers to maintaining materials, work areas, and walking areas in a clean, orderly, sanitary, safe and dry condition.
Bad housekeeping is dangerous at any time. It leads to increased safety risks, production delays, property damage, and higher costs.
Here are some results of poor housekeeping practices:
- Substandard quality of finished products because of production schedule delays, damaged or defective finishes, ill-equipped employees, etc.
- “Wall-to-wall" OSHA/regulatory inspections due to the "first impression" of a compliance officer.
General housekeeping rules to remember are:
Besides preventing accidents and injuries, good housekeeping saves space, time, and materials. When a workplace is clean, orderly, and free of obstruction; work can get done safely and properly.
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