Effective housekeeping is an excellent form of 'control' and/or it can single-handily eliminate workplace hazards.
Effective housekeeping is an ongoing operation: it is not a one-time or hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Periodic "panic" cleanups are costly and ineffective in reducing incidents.
Poor housekeeping practices frequently contribute to incidents. If the sight of paper, debris, clutter and spills is accepted as normal, then other more serious hazards may be taken for granted.
What is the purpose of workplace housekeeping?Effective housekeeping results in:
The COVID-19 Virus has made housekeeping more important than ever. Every employer and safety manager should have a COVID-19 housekeeping checklist, with a risk and hazard assessment done, and proper controls put into place to ensure best practices are followed.