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Use this checklist to ensure your workplace's housekeeping is in line with the Environmental Regulations

by , 23 May 2016
Use this checklist to ensure your workplace's housekeeping is in line with the Environmental RegulationsAs required by the Environmental Regulations, every employer must ensure a healthy and safe workplace. And housekeeping is one of the most important areas in doing that as it will ensure that your workplace is kept clean and safe for all of your employees.

Failure to do this will place you on the wrong side of the law, which in turn can expose you to harsh penalties.

So to help you ensure that you are implementing housekeeping, in your workplace, in accordance with the Environmental Regulations, simply answer 'YES' to all of the following questions...

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Answer 'YES' to all of the following questions to ensure your housekeeping is in line with the Environmental Regulations...

 
PART A: Housekeeping around machinery
 
1.  Are all areas in the workplace, which are around machinery, clear and unobstructed?
 
In other words, is that workplace area clear, unimpeded and orderly? And are they clear of any materials that aren't needed in the workplace?
 
2.  Is there at least 2.25m2 of clear and open floor space for every employee who works indoors?
 
PART B: Housekeeping in buildings and structures
 
1.   Are all floors, walkways, stairs and passages kept in good condition? Are they skid and slip-free? And are they unobstructed and clear of any materials or waste?
 
CAUTION: Remember that many accidents are caused by slips, trips and falls!
 
2.  Are floor openings, hatchways, stairways and open edges either:
 
·         Boarded up;
·         Protected with railing;
·         Fenced; or
·         Protected in any way to prevent falls?
 
 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Answering 'YES' to these questions is not just about complying with the Environmental Regulations, but also about preventing unnecessary accidents among your employees.
 
This is a moral obligation. But what's more is that by preventing accidents in the workplace, you can avoid headaches caused by incident investigations and reports, along with compensation claims and the lot.
 
So ensure you're complying with housekeeping requirements in the workplace and stay in line with the Environmental Regulations.
 

*To learn more, go to Chapter W 01: Workplaces – Environmental Regulations, in your Health and Safety Advisor handbook, or click here to order your copy today. 

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