Good housekeeping is a place for everything and everything in its proper place. Well, this implies that a workplace is in an orderly manner for personnel, equipment and materials.
For example, when combustible materials are present in a location that would expose them to heat and oxygen sources, a fire would happen.
And it could be said that there is no orderly arrangement of the combustible materials.
Combustible materials close to heat and oxygen sources is a sure way for a fire to start.
Good housekeeping entails a lot of things such as having a proper layout of the workplace or the facility or having a designated area for an arrangement of harmful substances, marking of physical hazards that can cause injury.
And equally having routine maintenance in all plants, equipment and machinery at work and so on.
Poor Housekeeping Conditions.
Some workplace conditions can be very harmful and dangerous for employees to work; where you have sloppy floors which can be difficult for access and movement.
Sloppy floors can lead to a lack of pride and can cause an accident in the workplace.
Some workplaces witnesses work tools on the floor scattered carelessly or unattended to and this can be a huge safety problem.
Some have much defective equipment for work. Often, this is as a result of lack of maintenance culture for this equipment and tools. (Defective equipment and tools have the likelihood to lead to harm).
More so, oil spills on the floor or when you have an uncovered container harbouring a harmful chemical substance could lead to a safety concern.
For many places where it is little or no good housekeeping, a lot of safety concerns are present.
Promoting good housekeeping will bring in a lot of benefit for the organization, and to the employees and to everyone that is affected by their activities.
However, below are the seven reasons why you should pay more attention to good housekeeping.
1. Good housekeeping improves worker safety.
Often, No-slip, trip and fall incident exists when the floors, walkways and the environment are free of slippery materials. And other materials that clutter around the area.
Elimination of waste and flammable materials through good housekeeping improve worker safety by causing reduction of an accident.
Due to careful storage of materials through housekeeping, exposing workers to struck-by objects can be minimal.
Timely inspection and maintenance of machine and equipment lead to fewer malfunctioning of equipment, and for this, there is a reduction in risk to injury from malfunctioning equipment
2. It eliminates accident.
How does good housekeeping prevent accidents? For example, when you have an oil spill on the floor.
An oil spill can lead to slip and fall or fire. Good housekeeping will ensure cleaning of the oil spills; this prevents an accident from happening.
Worker accident leading to injuries can lead to lost workdays and increased spending in hiring new workers for replacement.
3. Good housekeeping eliminates fire emergency.
Fire needs heat, oxygen and source of fuel for it to happen otherwise called the fire triangle. You can read up more about the fire triangle from this blog.
However, good housekeeping helps to make sure that these three elements of fire don’t come together to ignite a fire in the workplace.
4. It encourages better working habits.
Encouraging good housekeeping ensures improvement in workers’ habits and attitude.
Good housekeeping makes the workplace to be neat and organized; this increases worker morale and reduces stress from work.
5. Good housekeeping reduces operational cost.
Poor housekeeping comes with a lot of issues that can affect the operational cost of an organization.
Preventive maintenance through good housekeeping will reduce property damage.
However, proper good housekeeping will bring about a timely inspection of equipment for work, and this will necessitate timely repairs and maintenance of any defective ones.
Those marked for repairs can be labelled and tagged out properly to avoid bringing them into use before repairs.
6. It improves worker health.
Through regular cleaning, worker exposure to dust and other harmful substances is minimal. Provision of sanitation materials for workers due to good housekeeping helps to take care of their health.
Good housekeeping offers Good waste handling and management on-site in such a manner that it doesn’t pose a danger to the lives and health of workers in the workplace.
7. It improves productivity at work.
When you have a safe work environment from having good housekeeping, it leads to workers with high morale and this increases productivity.
When the environment is tidy and well kept, it allows for more effective use.
Items of work equipment can easily be seen and be used hence reducing time lost in tracking them down during work.
Workplace cleanup of equipment will also ensure better control of tools and their inventory.
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Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.