PREPARATION: Have a look around the area and make a note of examples of good and bad housekeeping to illustrate your Toolbox Talk.
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Why is good housekeeping at workplace important?
Good housekeeping is important because it helps in preventing accidents, reducing fire hazards, and ensuring a safe working environment. It also reflects the professionalism of the workforce and helps in maintaining a positive image of the company in front of clients and visitors.
What are the hazards of poor housekeeping?
Poor housekeeping can create various hazards in the workplace, such as slips, trips, and falls, fire hazards, blocked access ways, and material handling hazards. It can also result in damage to equipment and materials.
How to maintain good housekeeping?
To maintain good housekeeping, we need to ensure that the workplace is clean, orderly, and free of any unnecessary materials or debris. Here are some tips to maintain good housekeeping:
Regular cleaning: Regular cleaning of the workplace, including floors, walls, and equipment, helps in maintaining a clean and safe working environment.
Proper material management: Proper material management is important in maintaining good housekeeping. It involves storing materials in designated areas, labeling them, and keeping them in an organized manner. Always take the required material from the material yard and return extra materials to the yard or store.
Waste management: Proper waste management is important in maintaining a clean and safe working environment. Waste materials and rubbish are a fire risk and an accident hazard, so we should collect waste at a designated location by waste type. Waste containers shall be located at suitable places on the site. Food bins have tightly fitting lids, and food waste should be removed from the site not less than once per day. Oily rags can ignite spontaneously, so always dispose of them properly.
Tool management: Tools should be kept in the toolbox when not in use, and the toolbox should be kept in a designated area. This helps in preventing injuries and accidents due to misplaced or scattered tools.
Blocked access ways: Do not block any access or walkway by material or waste. This can lead to accidents and also hinder the evacuation process in case of an emergency.
Maintaining good housekeeping is essential in ensuring a safe and productive workplace. It helps in preventing accidents, reducing fire hazards, and maintaining a positive image of the company. As responsible employees, it is our duty to maintain good housekeeping and material management at the workplace. Let’s make a conscious effort to keep our workplace clean and safe.