Keeping Your Workplace Safe

As a leader in your Environmental Services department or as a manager of a private cleaning company it is important to not only make sure everything is clean, but to make sure you are performing the job in the safest possible manner. This keeps you, your staff and other occupants of the facility safe. Good housekeeping practices are not a one-time thing. It’s an ongoing operation which needs everyone’s compliance. I have listed some tips below to help you get started on making your facility the safest it can be.

  • Make sure your work area is free and clear of clutter.
  • Maintain your corridors and rooms so that there are no slip and trip hazards such as cords, water or chemical spillage. Poor floor conditions are the leading cause of incidents in the workplace.
  • Report any equipment repairs needed such as frayed wires, sharp edges or loose parts.
  • Make sure all cleaning chemicals are in the correct bottle with the appropriate label at the correct dilution.
  • Never mix two different cleaning chemicals together.
  • Place wet floor signs down before mopping any area.
  • Do not stack items too high when transferring product or equipment from one area to another.
  • Wear required personal protective gear such as gloves, goggles, and proper shoes.
  • Never store equipment in stairways, always keep these areas clear so people can move through freely.
  • Keep your storage in your closets 18 inches from the ceiling.
  • Utilize proper matting at entranceways.
  • Keep your equipment clean. This helps reduce the spread of infection to you and the people around you.
  • Have a daily work schedule printed out and followed by staff to ensure proper cleaning protocol is followed. Poor cleaning practices increase contamination.
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