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* Job Site Safety #01*
Fundamentals of Housekeeping
An uncluttered workplace is fundamental to any worksite's safety program. In addition to cleanliness, industrial housekeeping must include other factors, such as orderliness and proper arrangement of materials. It is important to know the benefits of good industrial housekeeping. Let's review the importance and meaning of order in achieving good housekeeping, and discuss some guides for checking your own work area.
WHY GOOD HOUSEKEEPING?
Sloppy working conditions can lead to a lack of pride in your work. We should not overlook slippery floors, obstacles in aisles, tools on the floors, floors and platforms that are not in proper condition, or other housekeeping hazards.
Good industrial housekeeping:
Housekeeping is more than just sweeping the floor and wiping dust off machines and equipment. Cleanliness is only a part of housekeeping. The most critical and most overlooked part of housekeeping is ORDER. A work area is in order when there are no unnecessary objects in the area and when all necessary items are in their proper places.
NO in this definition means NONE--NOT ANY--NOT EVEN ONE!
A workplace is not considered to be in order simply because “there is a place for everything and everything is in its place.”
Do you use your production area for storage? Do you keep supplies in the area because “they'll be needed one of these days”? If there is one item in an area that is unnecessary or not in its proper place, then you do not have order.
Order is maintained, not achieved. You cannot put an area in order and then forget about it. A daily conscious effort by everyone working in the area is necessary to maintain order. Order also must be obtained throughout the day. If you wait until the end of the day and then place everything in order, what good did it do you during the day? Disorder wastes time, energy and materials.
ESTABLISHING A HOUSEKEEPING PROGRAM
A good housekeeping program must include careful planning, a clean-up schedule or policy, effective inspection, and continuous supervision and enforcement of house-keeping rules.
Inspect your area for unnecessary tools, equipment, parts, materials and supplies; items that are not needed should be sent to the storage room or used for salvage.
Reorganize the storage area in your workplace. Establish one or more storage areas for holding finished products and daily quantities of raw materials and supplies; storage areas should not obstruct aisles and work areas.
Create a daily clean-up policy and program. Periodically review the housekeeping rules, clean-up policies and procedures.
* Keep it Clean - Keep it Safe *
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