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When it comes to housekeeping, here's what your risk assessment must look for

by , 13 August 2014
The aim of a risk assessment is to find the risks your employees deal with on a regular basis. These are the things that put them in danger every day. You must resolve these risks to ensure your employees don't have any accidents on duty.

There's one area many employers often overlook during their risk assessments though. They see it as a trivial matter instead of a health and safety one. I'm talking about health and safety housekeeping.

So next time you do your risk assessment, look for these housekeeping hazards and risks...


Poor health and safety housekeeping is responsible for common accidents

Untidy, disorganised, chaotic and unhygienic workplaces cause thousands of common accidents. These include accidents such as slips and falls, cuts, high impacts and so on.
The bottom line is, if your workplace looks, feels and smells like a war zone, your employees probably are in just as much danger as if they were in one.
That's why it's so vital to look for and deal with these housekeeping risks. 
If you don't, your employees may have to spend more time off because of injuries than they do actually working.
Here's a list of housekeeping risks you need to look for during your next risk assessment.
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Look for these seven housekeeping risks during your next risk assessment

2. Disorganised tools that could cut employees when they dig through them to find the tool they need;
3. Unsteady piles of boxes, wood, metal, papers or anything that could fall on your employees;
5. Tangled wires and cables that can cause shocks or sparks and fires;
7. Poor ventilation that doesn't let dust and hot air out.
All of these risks can leave your employees with serious illnesses and injuries so ensure you look out for them during your next risk assessment.

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