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Housekeeping is the management of the household which involves cleaning and orderly arrangement of items. Housekeeping is not a one time activity rather it is an ongoing operation.

A proper housekeeping will greatly reduce hazards in homes and workplaces, it is an effective fire safety method. A poor housekeeping will lead to frequent occurrence of incidences and injuries to people.

Hazard Associated With Poor Housekeeping

  • Tripping over loose object on floors, stairs, and platforms.
  • Being hit by falling objects.
  • Slipping on greasy, wet or dirty surface.
  • Striking against projecting, poorly stacked items or misplaced materials.
  • Cutting, puncturing, or tearing the skin of hands or other parts of the body on projecting nails, wire or steel strapping.
  • Fire hazards.

Benefits of Good Housekeeping Practices

  • Fewer tripping and slipping incidents in clutter-free and spill-free work areas.
  • Decreased fire hazards.
  • Lower worker exposures to hazardous products.
  • Better control of tools and materials, including inventory and supplies.
  • More efficient equipment cleanup and maintenance.
  • Better hygienic conditions leading to improved health.
  • More effective use of space.
  • Reduced property damage by improving preventive maintenance.
  • Less janitorial work.
  • Improved morale.
  • Improved productivity (tools and materials will be easy to find).

Planning For A Good Housekeeping

A good housekeeping program identifies and assigns responsibilities for the following:

  • Day-to-day cleaning.
  • Waste disposal.
  • Removal of unused materials.
  • Inspection to ensure clean up is complete.

Housekeeping Best Practices

  • Never attempt to pick up dirts or broken bottles with barehands, wear gloves or sweep up the pieces.
  • Make use of disinfectants while cleaning.
  • Keep walk ways/ exit path free from obstruction.
  • Clean every wet surfaces properly to avoid slipping.
  • Put all materials and equipment in a proper place to avoid falling off.

Cleaning Tools and Equipment Used During Housekeeping

The items used during cleaning include the following:

  • Gloves.
  • Towel.
  • Mop.
  • Mop bucket.
  • Spray bottle.
  • Broom and dust pan.
  • Sponge.
  • Scrub brush.
  • Vacuum cleaner.
  • Toilet brush.

Reference,fire%20hazards%20from%20work%20areas. Accessed on November 25, 2020

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