Workplace Safety: Essential Tips for Clutter Clearing

Workplace Safety: Essential Tips for Clutter Clearing

01st March 2021

Workplace safety is crucial for the safety and wellbeing of your employees. Spills, overflowing trash cans, poorly lit walkways, and cords snaking across the floor are common hazards that could easily cause illness, injuries, or even death. Clutters on the roof can also cause pooling of water and roof leakage. Clutter problems are not worth ignoring since the risks they pose and messes do matter.

A safe workplace is characterised by clear walkways, well-lit stairways, properly stored tools, hazardous materials that are properly labelled and stored, and a strong sense of order. Below are examples of negative impacts that clutter can bring to your workplace and essential tips for overcoming the hazards and mess associated with it.

 

  1. Indoor Air Quality

Indoor air quality affects the wellness and health of your workforce. Fumes from staining, painting, hanging drywall, sanding, cigarette smoking, and welding are common factors that affect workplace air quality. However, there are other serious issues exacerbated by clutter. For instance, mould easily thrives in a cluttered space. Moulds only require oxygen and moisture to grow. It can grow on materials and products such as carpets, wood, paper, insulation, and drywalls.

Cluttered spaces can hide roof leaks, which can worsen the condition of the roof if not identified early enough. They can also interfere with the air flow from the HVAC unit, ventilation, and heating systems. This can trap the moisture hence encouraging humidity build-up and environments where the moulds thrive. Ensure to remove all clutter to prevent any build-up of moulds hence keeping the workplace safe.

 

  1. Slips, Trips, and Falls

Slips, trips, and falls are the main causes of workplace injuries that could result in huge losses in terms of worker compensation and damage. Good housekeeping procedures can be vital in preventing such injuries and damages. Ensure all loose cords, wires, and hoses are eliminated from walkways. Ensure to cover all cords on the floor with beveled protective covers and use beveled-edge, interlocking and continuous mats. You can also use wall-mounted hose spools, shelves, and storage hooks. Ensure to also replace mats that are worn, ripped, or curled and provide your workers with mats that are large enough to allow the workers to remove any contaminants of their feet as they walk over the mats.

 

  1. Address Air Quality Issues

You need to address all sources that affect the air quality, including removal of clutter and fixing leaking roofs. Improve roof ventilation through regular inspection, servicing of all HVAC units, and replacement of all broken or faulty systems. Depending on the kind of work done in your workplace, you may install air-cleaning units to eliminate any harmful fumes and particulate matter. You can use safety ladders to inspect the ventilation systems and clean any clutter on roof surfaces and other elevated grounds.

 

  1. Check for Fire Hazards

Most of the workplace fires occur due to human error. To prevent fires from happening, safety officers and employers can use every tool at their disposal to implement viable measures in the workplace, especially where flammable substances are being handled. These include having policies and procedures that address fire hazards and encourage good housekeeping. Ensure to dispose of waste properly and store all materials safely. Train your workers to identify risks posed by clutter and report any safety issue they notice around the workplace.