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Effective housekeeping in the workplace can minimize workplace injuries and related incidents and eliminate workplace hazards.

Draw up a good housekeeping program

It would be good to note that a good housekeeping program plans and manages the effective storage and movement of materials from point of entry to exit.

It also includes a material flow plan to ensure minimal handling. This plan also makes sure that the work area is not used as a storage area by having workers move materials to and from work areas as needed. It would be wise to invest in extra bins and more frequent disposal.

Ineffective or insufficient storage planning results in materials being handled many times and being stored in hazardous ways. It would be beneficial to know the workplace layout and the movement of materials throughout, as this will help when planning work procedures and setting in motion of a good housekeeping program.

Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993

Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, 1987

Employee training is also crucial to any good housekeeping plan. Employees need to know how to work safely with the products they use. They also need to know how to protect fellow employees by posting signs (e.g., "Wet - Slippery Floor") and reporting any unusual conditions.

Housekeeping order is not achieved...it is maintained, through hard work, effort and management. A good housekeeping program identifies and assigns responsibilities for the following:

* clean up during the shift

* day-to-day clean-up

* waste disposal

* removal of unused materials

* inspection to ensure clean-up is complete