Workplace Housekeeping Safety

Workplace Housekeeping 

Workplace housekeeping calls for keeping work areas clean and safe. It includes insuring that areas are neat and orderly; cleared of slip, trip, and fall hazards; and free from fire and chemical dangers.

In addition to reducing the chance of injury, a clutter‐free space is a more efficient, healthy and pleasant place to work. Working in a clean and orderly space is simply safer and more enjoyable.

Workplace Housekeeping Checklist:

  • Unnecessary tools, equipment, parts and materials are removed from the work area
  • Floors are clean, dry and free of hazards
  • Personal items are stored safely and properly out of the way
  • Exits, walkways and work areas are clear of obstructions
  • Trash and scraps are placed in the proper receptacles
  • Hazardous materials are well marked and stored safely
  • Flammable materials are kept away from heat sources and electrical equipment
  • Tools are cleaned and put away.

Remember that tidiness and organization contribute to both safety and efficiency. Good housekeeping is a habit practiced throughout the day.


*Tool Box Talk based on GC submitted by John Paul – PES