Workplace Organization - Instant Video
This 27-minute video covers good housekeeping procedures and their considerable benefits. It explains how to develop a housekeeping system, execute inspections, evaluate the results, and implement changes.
Introduction – 4 minutes
Defines good housekeeping and its benefits: safety — especially from slips and falls, efficiency — especially when looking for parts or tools or maneuvering around the workspace or warehouse, improved moral of employees, improved appearance to outside observers.
Developing a System – 5 minutes
Covers the good housekeeping cycle: Inspection, analyze, modify, and re-inspect. How to plan your inspection and what to look for. Steps include: Planning, preparing equipment, systematic inspection, immediate action, reporting, follow up.
Common Areas – 5 minutes
Discusses safety considerations common to many areas. Keeping floors clean and slip free, especially heavy traffic areas. Marking areas by color, according to risk of hazard. Keeping spill cleanup supplies close at hand. Properly marking and maintaining fire doors and exit routs. Proper lighting in work areas, traffic areas, exit areas. Properly storing flammable materials, and maintaining fire extinguishers and clearances around sprinklers. Prompt waste disposal.
Analyzing Results – 4 minutes
When a housekeeping problem involves moving people or equipment, consider the 4Rs: Revamp storage, Reduce flow, Renovate paths, Reinforce procedures. The importance of the right company culture which supports good housekeeping, and a team approach for solving problems.
Indoor Operations – 3 minutes
Includes procedures for stores, garages, shops. For stores, organization is the key to efficiency. Adequate facilities are the key to safety -- don’t over load the space. Storage lofts and mezzanines should have posted floor-load limits. Garages are only for storing and working on vehicles, not equipment. Clean up regularly and after each job. Return tools to where they belong, clean up sharp metal shavings and other debris from the work.
Outdoor Operations – 6 minutes
Outdoor facilities include yards, substations, vehicles, and job sites. Yards contain heavy equipment which can be dangerous if improperly stored or handled. Only proper outdoor equipment should be used. Keep road surfaces in good shape and free of potholes. Substations require regular inspection of the grounding system including checks for overgrowth of surrounding vegetation. Also, regularly inspect and test the security system. Vehicles should be properly stored for the work to be done. Special vehicles like bucket trucks should not be encumbered by equipment that could interfere with their safe operation. The job site poses special safety hazards for workers and for the public. Clean up at the end of each day. Secure all equipment by removing it or chaining it together to prevent theft.