Entering a clean workspace at the start of the day has many psychological benefits. It also promotes workplace safety efforts. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes the need for cleanliness in work spaces as well as common areas, break rooms, restrooms, cafeterias and hallways.
Each workplace is unique, and OSHA does recognize that some working processes, by nature, are messier than others. The agency also realizes that throughout the workday, clutter and byproducts from production processes can accumulate. However, each process should maintain a standard level of cleanliness.
Establishing housekeeping processes and scheduling as few as five minutes at the end of each shift to clean up, reset and restock promotes safe working conditions and helps prevent the need for longer shutdowns.
Use this Toolbox Talk to review daily housekeeping procedures and responsibilities.
Make It Personal: Check each work area and common area for brooms, dustpans, waste cans, wipers, absorbents and other items that employees need to perform daily housekeeping tasks.
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