In a commercial space or work setting, “housekeeping” means much more than dusting, cleaning floors and surfaces, and organizing clutter. In addition to helping companies avoid potential non-compliance fines, housekeeping in the workplace is an action that can improve safety, productivity, and morale.

Experts suggest making housekeeping a regular part of any workplace’s routine. From offices to industrial workplaces, like factories and warehouses, all safety programs should incorporate housekeeping. In today’s blog, Pacific Maintenance Company would like to share with you some tips for commercial housekeeping. If you are in the Santa Clara area and looking for a professional commercial cleaning company to handle all of your cleaning services, contact us today! Learn more about us and our services.

Prevent Slips and Falls

Each year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports slips, trips, and falls as being a top cause of nonfatal occupational injuries. There are a number of things that can be done to prevent these accidents from happening. The first and most obvious steps are to ensure that your building is generally clean and orderly in all places, including passageways, storerooms, and service rooms. Another crucial step is to select adequate flooring and have all damaged, ripped, or worn flooring repaired. Consider installing anti-slip flooring in areas that can’t always be cleaned or regularly pose a slipping risk.

Reduce Fire Hazards

Fires can be devastating occurrences. While most workplaces have fire safety measures in place, these are rendered useless when obstructed or disregarded. When auditing your workplace for fire hazards, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Keep flammable materials in safe, designated areas
  • Store combustible waste in safe, metal receptacles
  • Keep all materials at least 18 inches away from sprinklers, fire extinguishers, and other controls
  • Remove all objects that are obstructing stairwells, passageways, and doorways
  • Report and inspect all potential electrical hazards immediately 

Get Rid of Dust

Dust is not only unsightly, but it also poses a fire risk. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association reports that an accumulation of dust that is as thick as a dime can pose a significant explosion hazard. High-efficiency vacuum systems are perhaps the most effective way of combating dust buildup in the workplace. Beware of any methods that use compressed air to remove the dust. This type of method will just re-distribute the dust. For facilities and manufacturers, keep in mind that dust can affect the life and performance of equipment.

Prevent Falling Objects

When organizing your workplace, look for areas where objects could fall and hit workers or equipment. When stacking shelves, place heavy objects on the lower shelves and always stack straight up and down. Refrain from placing objects close to the edges and in high-traffic areas. In some cases, it may be beneficial to install a toe board, toe rail, or net,

Reduce Clutter

For many, a cluttered workplace can cause a number of problems. Not only do some people have difficulty focusing when surrounded by clutter, but there are also a number of hazards and ergonomics issues. To reduce the clutter of your workplace, it is important that upper management enforce rules about returning or disposing of materials after they are no longer needed, and demanding that all aisles, stairways, doors, and exits are completely free of clutter.

Use Proper Equipment

While the type of equipment used will vary from industry to industry, the one characteristic that remains constant is that all necessary tools and equipment should be in great condition and used when needed. Each year in the US, there are many workers’ compensation cases that stem from employees not wearing proper gear. Many of these cases, for example, involve employees who do not wear PPE when cleaning up spills or other materials. Regardless of your industry, regularly inspect, clean, and repair the equipment and tools that are required by your industry.

Establish Cleaning Routine

All workers should participate in housekeeping. Although you shouldn’t expect your workers to clean the carpets or perform an electrostatic disinfection of the whole facility, they should be held responsible for keeping their areas clean and tidy. They should also be expected to report any safety hazards, spills, or problems promptly. To get the best results, establish a routine that clearly outlines how frequently your workplace should be cleaned. This routine should include a mix of both deep cleaning and lighter, more frequent cleaning.

Write Out Rules

Building on the last tip of establishing a cleaning routine, it is also important to have your cleaning policies and protocols written out. This helps keep the cleaning services formal and defined. Within this policy, you can even specify cleaners, tools, and methods. Having these written protocols can ensure that your workspace is adequately cleaned on a regular basis.

Plan For the Long Haul

Workplace housekeeping isn’t just a one-time thing. It is an ongoing initiative that should involve regular monitoring and auditing. By keeping records and performing regular audits, you can make housekeeping a long-haul ordeal. Another important component of this is training your employees, setting goals, and being persistent with your auditing and enforcement.

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