Industrial vacuums can clean walls, ceilings, machinery and other places, CCOHS notes.
In addition, housekeeping should have management’s commitment so workers realize its importance.
Here are 11 tips for effective workplace housekeeping.
Combustible waste should be “stored in covered metal receptacles and disposed of daily,” according to OSHA’s Hazardous Materials Standard (1910.106).
The National Safety Council “Supervisors’ Safety Manual” includes these precautionary measures for fire safety: Control dust Dust accumulation of more than 1/32 of an inch – or 0.8 millimeters – covering at least 5 percent of a room’s surface poses a significant explosion hazard, according to the Quincy, MA-based National Fire Protection Association.
“You’re not going to have as much room to set up your workstation like you should and move around.
You’re going to be twisting your body rather than moving your whole body.” The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation recommends that workers return tools and other materials to storage after using them, and dispose of materials that are no longer needed.
The practice extends from traditional offices to industrial workplaces, including factories, warehouses and manufacturing plants that present special challenges such as hazardous materials, combustible dust and other flammables.
Experts agree that all workplace safety programs should incorporate housekeeping, and every worker should play a part.
This dust accumulation is about as thick as a dime or paper clip.
An industrial hygienist should test the workplace for exposures if air quality and dust are concerns, Gray said.