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Poor Housekeeping By the Numbers

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Odds of a slip, trip or fall being linked to poor housekeeping: 1 in 2 (UK Health and Safety Executive)

1:  1 particularly deadly hazard of poor housekeeping in the workplace is blocked exits that prevent workers from escaping during a fire or other emergency.

2: Good housekeeping in the workplace has 2 elements, namely keeping materials, tools and equipment in their designated places and frequently removing debris and trash from work areas.

3.  Supervisors should scan work areas for these hazards: Built-up grease, spills and low objects, areas that are still wet after cleaning (such as floors) and untidy and cluttered areas in the workplace.

4. potential negative outcomes of poor housekeeping are being struck by improperly stored objects, slipping, tripping or falling, a fire caused by accumulations of dust or unsafely stored flammables and workers contacting objects protruding into aisles.

6: examples of poor workplace housekeeping are improperly stored tools, garbage left to pile up and attract rodents and insects, blocked emergency exits and blocked access to fire extinguishers, improperly stored materialsand sharp objects, wires and other tripping hazards, and slippery materials on floors.

15: 15 percent of all accidental deaths and 17 percent of all disabling work injuries are the result of slips, trips and falls. (US Department of Labor)

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial

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