Good housekeeping in the office is important as it can prevent injuries and creates a pleasant working environment. Cluttered areas can create a daunting setting and increase stress levels; as well as creating a safety and fire hazard. Cleanliness and good housekeeping can reduce allergic reactions to dust/ mold and prevent illness caused by flu’s and virus’.
Good housekeeping is the responsibility of all office staff, not just the cleaning crew.
- Keep your own work area clean of clutter, dust and surface spills
- Dispose of waste promptly in the appropriate bin
- Wash hands before and after handling food. Wash dishes and utensils after use.
- Clean up any spills properly
- Seek guidance on your workstation set up, some common manual handling injuries can be avoided by paying attention to ergonomic set up
- Leave your workstation clean and tidy at the end of the day
- Close draws when not in use and don’t open more than one draw at a time
- Keep cabinets away from doors and access ways
- Don’t overload filing cabinets and avoid placing heavy items in the top draws
- Use the handles when opening and closing draws to avoid sharp edges and prevent getting your fingers squashed
- Use caution when handling staplers, pins, scissors and guillotines – they can all puncture or cut
- Scissors and other pointed objects should face away from you. Take care when carrying sharp objects or when passing them to someone else
Machines & Equipment:
- Don’t stick your hands in a closing elevator door, wait for the next one
- Return equipment to its proper place when you’ve finished
- Use the correct equipment for the job – don’t substitute as it may be unsafe
General Office Safety:
- If you see an office hazard that you can safely rectify do so, otherwise report it in Blue card – don’t just walk past
- Don’t fool around – horseplay in the office can cause accidents
- Everyone should be aware of the fire exits and emergency evacuation plans and their local fire wardens and first aiders
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