At Cotney Construction Law, we represent clients who have experienced OSHA violations which include serious, repeat, and willful. Maintaining workplace safety and compliance extends to industries such as industrial workplaces, factories, manufacturing plants, and warehouses. If your company has received a citation and needs legal counsel, contact a Tennessee OSHA lawyer for advice. Employers and workers play a major role in keeping the work environment safe. In this article, we’ll discuss why good housekeeping matters and different ways to keep your workplace safe. Read part two of our article to learn about more housekeeping tips.
Why Good Housekeeping Matters
Housekeeping does not only pertain to residential homes or the cleaning industry, but it also applies to all industries where the health and safety of employees is a concern. Effective housekeeping helps to eliminate hazards and decrease the occurrence of workplace illnesses and injuries. Effective housekeeping entails an ongoing effort to keep work areas neat and orderly and floors free of slip and trip hazards. The collection, separation, and removal of waste materials and fire hazards from worksites is also critical. Debris and combustible scrap should also be removed at regular intervals.
Eliminate Fire Hazards
According to OSHA Standard 1910.106, combustible waste should be “stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily.” Other fire safety tips include:
- Separating flammable items away from ignition sources
- Changing clothes that have been exposed to flammable substances
- Remove obstructions from doors and passageways
- Removing hazards from electrical areas
- Removing unneeded combustibles from work areas and storing them safely until they are needed
Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention
The best way to prevent slip and fall accidents is by replacing damaged flooring and reporting and cleaning up spills immediately. Depending on your facility, anti-slip flooring may be a better option. Stairways, ladders, passageways, scaffold, and exits should be clear of items that could trip someone upon entering or exiting the area. It is also highly recommended that you post warning signs to help workers with blind spots.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.