In 2019, the National Safety Council reported 4,414 preventable workplace deaths in the U.S. Another 4.5 million injuries were reported, costing employers $171 billion. Many of these can be attributed to poor housekeeping. While these statistics are alarming, you can become part of the solution and eliminate hazards.
We often think of spring cleaning as getting our homes in order. As an employer, have you stopped to think about your workplace as well? Good housekeeping protects employees from injuries, keeps the workplace clean and most importantly, results in improved safety. You also impress your customers as well when they see the store is tidy and inviting.
It is important to keep aisles, exits and stairways free from clutter. An untidy work environment can lead to injuries and ergonomic issues. Clutter leaves less space to move around, impacting employee productivity as well.
When you see something not in the right place, take a moment to pick it up and put it where it belongs. That moment is well worth it preventing the possibility of injury to fellow employees or even to yourself!
RS SafetyTV has some videos on this topic; Don’t Walk on By and Safety is Not A Priority.
WR employs Rick Means, Director of Safety and Education, who is available to members to help draw up safety plans and suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or [email protected]