Housekeeping involves the day-to-day tasks and responsibilities associated with the general maintenance, organization and cleanliness of one's workplace. If you ignore general housekeeping, you could be opening your business up to health hazards, such as injury and illness, fire hazards, inefficiencies, liabilities and general low morale. Additionally, who wants to work in, let alone do business with, a workplace that is unclean?
OSHA dictates multiple guidelines on housekeeping, varying in content from potable water to clear hallways to sanitary considerations. These guidelines apply to any permanent place of employment and provide an essential function in keeping the workplace safe and clean.
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard
For most healthcare workplaces where the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard is applicable, there is a requirement for employers to implement an appropriate written schedule for cleaning and method of decontamination based upon the location within the facility, the type of surface to be cleaned, the type of soil present, and the tasks or procedures being performed in the area. 1910.1030(d)(4)(i)
5 Essential Workplace Housekeeping Products
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Disinfectant Wipes and SpraysMedical grade disinfectants effective against microbes that cause TB, AIDS, hepatitis A, B and C and antibiotic resistant bacterial infections (eg, MRSA, VISA, VRE and CA-MRSA). These disinfectants are a great tool in sanitizing all types of surfaces including floors, walls, stainless steel, plastic, cabinets and more.
Hand SanitizerHand sanitation is an important way to prevent the spread of bacteria or other infectious agents. Antiseptic hand sanitizers offer an easy way to kill 99.9% of germs and is ideal for multiple environments including veterinary clinics, laboratories, medical or dental offices and schools to name a few.
GlovesGloves are personal protective equipment (PPE) required in many situations. They are particularly vital in occupations exposed to bloodborne pathogens or other potentially infectious materials. Appropriate sizes and material options are required in such workplaces.
Labels & SignsLabels and signs ensure that your facility is OSHA compliant and meets state requirements. Such items could include labeling hazardous materials or notifying where the nearest eyewash station is.
Eye Wash Stations and SignsEyewash flushing devices should be readily accessible within 10 seconds in environments where strong acids or caustic materials are present.
Housekeeping should be an important part of every employee’s workday in both your respective and communal workspaces. Though housekeeping is not necessarily in the job description, it should be a cooperative measure among all in the organization. The more integrated your housekeeping program is, the less energy it will take to maintain and the more safe and efficient your workplace will become.
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