Housekeeping is a very important area within your Health and Safety Programme. And it is your duty, as the employer, to ensure your workplace is kept clean and safe for all of your employees.
An important understanding, around housekeeping, to always keep in mind is that 'there's a place for everything and everything is in its place'.
Having said that, here are two important areas you need to comply with in your workplace when it comes to the Environmental Regulations:
1. Housekeeping around machinery
Any workspace around machinery must be clear and unobstructed.
You must ensure that:
There's at least 2.25m2
of clear and open floor space for every employee that works indoors;
That workplaces are clear, unimpeded and orderly; and
That workplaces are clear of any materials that aren't needed in the workplace.
2. Housekeeping in buildings and structures
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If you operate any machinery in your workplace, GMR Schedule D or C must be in clear view for employees to see. This will be the first thing the inspector will look out for when he's paying an unscheduled visit to your workplace. If you are missing these summaries, he will slap you with a fine. Don't get caught without them.
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Buildings and structures must be kept in good condition.
All floors, walkways, stairs and passages must be kept:
In good condition;
Clear of any materials or waste.
Remember that many accidents are caused by slips, trips and falls.
Floor openings, hatchways, stairways and open edges must be either:
Protected with railing;
Protected in any way to prevent falls.
At the end of the day, housekeeping in the workplace is a MUST, especially if you wish to prevent unnecessary accidents in the workplace.
Introduce housekeeping training into your health and safety induction
training to ensure that your employees know what to do.
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