It's a fact that approximately 6,000 people are killed on the job annually in the United States, and an estimated 19,500 in home accidents.
Seventeen percent of the on-the-job deaths are caused by falls, many of which result from just plain poor housekeeping practices.
HOUSEKEEPING IS A HAZARD (CONT)
Falls often result from tripping over loose articles such as tools left in aisle ways and work areas. Wet spots on the floor, or trash and other articles left in aisle ways also take their toll.
OSHA REQUIRES US TO PRACTICE GOOD HOUSEKEEPING IN TWO DIFFERENT REGULATIONS
29 CFR 1010.22
29 CFR 1910.141
THESE FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE AREA CLEAN AND NEAT AND THE AISLES CLEAR.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
OBJECTS OR MATERIALS IN AISELS OR ON THE FLOOR, WHICH BECOME TRIP HAZARDS
MATERIALS STACKED OR STORED LOOSELY OR INSECURELY THAT MIGHT FALL ON SOMEONE
PROTRUDING NAILS, FASTENERS, AND OTHER SHARP OBJECTS THAT CAN PUNCTURE OR CUT.
DON’T LEAVE ITEMS IN AISLES, ON THE FLOOR, OR PERCHED INSECURELY ON A SURFACE.
CLEAN UP ALL SPILLS IMMEDIATELY
DON’T BLOCK FIRE EXITS, FIRE EXTINGUISHERS, OR FIRST AID, AND EYE WASH STATIONS.
SAFE HOUSE KEEPING
Let's face it. It is just a lot easier to do your job when your work area is kept neat Keep your tools and equipment off the floor and stored in the proper places. This not only reduces tripping hazards, but protects the equipment you use to earn a living with.
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING ALLOWS US TO FUNCTION MUCH MORE EFFECTIVELY AND PRODUCTIVELY IN A WAREHOUSE. IT ALSO HELPS US TO IDENTIFY AND REMOVE HAZARDS THAT CAN LEAD TO SLIPS, TRIPS, FALLS, FIRES, AND A VARIETY OF OTHER ACCIDENTS.
In closing, I'd like to emphasize that we're all dependent on each other for safety. It's up to each of us to hold up our end of the deal. When each of us keeps their own area in order, the whole plant is a safer place to work.