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What are the benefits of good housekeeping practices?

by , 25 October 2013
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you stick to good housekeeping practices. But what are the benefits of good housekeeping practices besides complying with the OHSA? Read on to find out...

According to the Health & Safety Advisor, 'housekeeping is as essential to the day-to-day operation of a company as a risk assessment. Good housekeeping is the responsibility of all those involved in the workplace, whether the company is big or small.'

You might think it's a waste of time. But, effective housekeeping can eliminate some workplace hazards and help get a job done safely and properly.

That's not all.

Here's how good housekeeping practices will benefit your company

Effective housekeeping results in:

  • Fewer tripping and slipping accidents in clutter-free and spill-free work areas;
  • Decreased fire hazards;
  • Reduces exposure to hazardous substances;
  • Better control of tools and materials, including inventory and supplies;
  • Better hygienic conditions leading to improved health;
  • More effective use of space;
  • Improved morale;
  • Improved productivity; and
  • Sufficient waste management programme.

You must stress to your employees that effective housekeeping is an ongoing operation and is everyone's responsibility.

The bottom line: Housekeeping isn't just about keeping the workplace tidy, hygienic and clean. Housekeeping is a systematic process to help reduce the risk of accidents. If your employees follow the rules for housekeeping, they won't lose or mislay anything.

And you'll be able to keep track of your stock, materials, tools, equipment and other necessary items very easily and prevent injuries.

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