Lesson 1, Topic 1
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1.15. Explain the need for good housekeeping in the workplace

ryanrori February 8, 2021

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Environmental Regulations for Workplaces, 1987 describes Good Housekeeping as providing and maintaining sufficient clear and unobstructed space to enable work to be carried out without danger to persons.

The need for good housekeeping in the workplace

There are very good reasons for Good Housekeeping at the office as it:

  • Prevents accidents and fires
  • Reduces disposal costs
  • Allows for more effective use of space within the workplace
  • Leads to better hygienic conditions leading to improved health conditions; and
  • Reduces operation and handling time. 

Good Housekeeping means a place for everything and everything in its place all the time.

Housekeeping guidelines for Contact/Call Centre offices:

  • Traffic ways and aisles should be well lit, and be kept clear of materials, equipment, rubbish and electric leads
  • Floors should be level and the use of mats discouraged. Spilled liquids and anything else dropped on the floor should be immediately picked up or cleaned away
  • Free standing fittings should be completely stable or secured to the wall or floor
  • Filing cabinets should be placed so that they do not open into aisles and should never be left with cabinet drawers open. For stability load cabinets starting from the bottom and do not open more than one drawer at a time
  • Office machines and equipment should be kept in good working order
  • Equipment using hand-fed processes such as electric staplers and paper guillotines should be guarded and staff trained in their proper use
  • Many pieces of equipment using electricity can mean trailing cables, overloaded circuits, broken plugs and sockets. Ensure that these dangers are seen to by a competent person and the risks are managed

The benefits of good Housekeeping are:

  • It cuts down the time spent looking for goods, articles and tools and jobs can be completed faster and it improves productivity
  • Space is saved when everything is stacked away tidily
  • Injuries are avoided when gangways and working areas are kept clear of superfluous materials, and
  • Fire hazards are reduced if combustible materials are kept in proper containers.
The impact on health and safety to people and the immediate environment

Poor Housekeeping can cause accidents such as:

  • tripping over items
  • being hit by falling objects
  • slipping
  • striking against protrusive, poorly stacked items or misplaced material
  • cutting, puncturing, or tearing the skin of hands or other parts of the body on projecting nails, wire or steel strapping