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Get your employees to follow these seven guidelines to keep their work area neat, clean and hazard free

by , 02 May 2014
You need to make housekeeping and hygiene a priority in your workplace. If you don't, your employees will get sick or injured. And company productivity will suffer as a result. Since that's a risk you can't afford to take, make sure your employees stick to these seven guidelines for their work area to remain neat and clean.


3 Tips to get your employees to comply with health and safety laws

Employees think that safety is something 'management' must do. They're wrong. Employees also have duties to comply with the OHS Act.

It's your responsibility to make sure your employees comply. Don't know how to do it?

Here's how…


What a work area is and why employees need to keep it clean?

A work area is where more than one person works.

It's the responsibility of everyone who works in that area need to keep it clean, neat and tidy. This is especially important if each person is using the same tools or equipment at different times.

You need to tell your employees that the benefits of keeping a work area neat, clean and tidy are that:

  • A neat and tidy work area prevents injuries, illness and loss;
  • They'll be able to work much safer if their workstation is neat and tidy throughout the day;
  • They'll always know where their items are; and
  • By keeping their work area neat and tidy all day, they won't have to rush to tidy up at the end of the day.

So what do employees need to do to keep their work area neat, clean and tidy?


Are you responsible for compiling your SHE file?

Are you struggling to keep up-to-date with all the paperwork?

Do you waste your time formatting all the documents?

Are you stressed out about all your legal requirements?

Of course you are. You have enough on your plate already, and keeping up with paperwork isn't on the top of your to-do list. But unfortunately, it's part of your job because it's a legal requirement. And, you've answered 'YES' to at least half of the questions above.


Tell employees to follow these seven guidelines so they can keep their work area neat and clean

The Health & Safety Advisor outlines the guidelines your employees need to follow:

  1. After working with an item clean it (if necessary).
  2. Make sure it's not damaged
  3. Return the item to its storage place.
  4. Throw waste into the waste bins provided, not on the floor or in a drawer.
  5. Empty the waste bins regularly. Never let them overflow.
  6. Always empty waste bins before leaving the work area for the day.
  7. Never leave oily rags lying around. Always put them in a plastic container with a lid.

Remember that the buck stops with you when it comes to health and safety at work. So make sure your employees follow these guidelines to keep their work area neat and clean so they won't get injured or sick.

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