Spring Cleaning and Safety

Posted Mar 2nd, 2017 in Tips & News

Spring Cleaning and Safety The ground is starting to thaw and in some places, construction season has already begun. With the unpredictable temperatures this year an early Spring spells the onset of a new season and while it brings warm weather and exciting plans, it also triggers the onset of spring cleaning rituals in workplaces and homes.

No time is more appropriate than spring to pull out all the stops and reach into the less frequented corners of your facility to eliminate dust and grime. This is also a great opportunity to assess your current safety situation and remove hazards from your workplace.

Here are some aspects you should consider when mapping out your spring cleaning strategy.

Workplace Clutter
Whether it be an office desk or a warehouse floor, having a cluttered work area makes it increasingly difficult to locate items. In addition, clutter can heighten the risk of slips and falls as well as fire accidents

To curb these hazards, execute a major purge and discard any unnecessary items. Remove anything blocking exits to eliminate tripping hazards. Check all perishable items and properly dispose of any out-of-date materials.

Chemical Safety
Improper use of chemicals can lead to hazardous skin exposures, inhalation of toxic fumes, and initiate fires at the workplace. When working with or organizing hazardous substances, avoid placing them in direct sunlight or near any heat sources.

Refer to the appropriate material data sheets for proper storage techniques so everything remains safe during your spring cleaning.

Equipment and Facility Safety Training
It's been said before and we'll say it again: all employees – new and old – should be well acquainted with housekeeping protocols. Failure to provide proper training can initiate dangerous trends and result in expensive fines.

Schedule periodic training and re-training sessions instead of one-time training sessions. One-time sessions are rarely well retained by employees nor are they completely effective. Industry safety procedures are continuously being reevaluated and new techniques are often implemented.

Not every training session or topic needs to be covered in-person with a facilitator. Ongoing training, while important, can also cut into your productivity and workers' hours. Therefore, it may make sense for your teams to complete safety training online. Consider implementing online training programs like those we're offering.

First-Aid Kit Check-Ups
A spring cleaning session is a well-timed opportunity to restock your first-aid kits. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) clearly states that organizations should be well-equipped with first-aid kits in order to fulfill basic safety requirements.

These items are essential and invaluable when dealing with any accidents or injuries at your workplace.

Be Thorough
Some spots such as basements, electrical rooms, and spaces under stairways might be less frequented but should still get some attention during a spring clean sweep.

No matter your industry, your facility could likely use a bit of annual TLC. By taking the time to make a spring cleaning plan with your team, you'll ensure the safety of everyone and set yourself up for a successful year.

Article is courtesy of Dakota Safety • Andrew Miller

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