Poor housekeeping in the workplace is commonly overlooked as a potential threat to safety in the workplace. If thought of as a priority it can make your daily job more efficient, and safer; all it takes is a little planning, some organization and the practice of routine.
EHS Today has an informative article on a methodology for maintaining organization and housekeeping in the workplace. This theory, known a “5S,” helps guide workers and organizations to stay on track in keeping up with a clean work environment. The “5Ss” are as follows:
- Set in order
A sixth “S,” will always be encompassed in this method, upholding Safety. Mastery offers training courses in accordance to this methodology. The “Housekeeping” course supplies four areas where good housekeeping can really make a difference:
- Fire hazards; mainly arise from improperly stored and labeled products
- Organization and storage; simple clean up makes the job easier
- Slips, trips and falls; sound non-threatening but can really injury someone, and can be prevented
- Emergency procedures; all emergency products should be easily accessible
The majority of injuries can be prevented by good housekeeping. It all lies in the responsibility of the workers – take the initiative; straightening up now will save a lot of time later. Everyone at the organization benefits when good housekeeping techniques become routine.
Another Mastery course to acquire good housekeeping is Housekeeping: Stepback for Safety .