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Health and safety housekeeping: A forgettable formality or vital health and safety component?

by , 18 July 2014
Next time you're on site, stop and look around. What will you see? Will it be an immaculate workplace with everything in its place? Or will it look like a disaster zone with tools and materials all over the place?

What kind of hazards will that mess create? The scary truth is that mess can create very dangerous hazards!

This is where the argument about health and safety housekeeping comes in. Some people believe it's a forgettable formality, others believe it's a vital health and safety component. But who's right?

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Not everyone believes health and safety housekeeping is important

You may not see health and safety housekeeping as very important. After all, what does it matter if your employees leave a few tools out on a work bench?  
Maybe you believe that if you've given your employees the right safety equipment and training it should be enough.
But then there are those who disagree with this theory. These people believe that workplace housekeeping is vital to the safety of their employees. And we're on their side.

Health and safety housekeeping is vital to your employees' safety

If you let employees leave tools and materials everywhere, it may not seem like a big deal. That's until your employee trips over the drill that someone left out. This sends him flying against the steel cutter, causing it to shift and your employee cuts his hand really badly.
If you don't take housekeeping seriously, it can cause a lot of smaller workplace accidents like this that all add up.
At the end of the day, it's doesn't matter what you think about housekeeping because it's law that you must keep your workplace clean and safe.
So ensure you keep your workplace safe and tidy to comply with this OHS regulation.
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Can an HSE officer do induction training?
According to the OHSA, you must do induction training for new employees, external contract workers, even employees returning from maternity leave. And every time there's new legislation, or if you have a new safety process or equipment.
It sounds like you could be doing induction every month! And who has the time to create proper training material? And ensure its correct?

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