Safety Training Series - 001 (Part 2 of 5)

Workplace Housekeeping – OSHA Regulations

Safety Housekeeping on April 13th, 2010


Yesterday, we looked at questions relating to general housekeeping in your workplace? How do you feel your company performs when it comes to housekeeping? Sometimes poor housekeeping is a sign for other problems in the workplace, such as inefficient work processes, excessive workload, poor management, lack of morale, or lack of professionalism, to name just a few. All of the above factors mean result in one thing – poor housekeeping is a sign of a lack of focus on the job at hand – and a lack of focus is a very unsafe condition.

Workplace Housekeeping Regulations

Take time today to review the regulations that discuss housekeeping. Depending on what State you work in and other industry specific requirements, these regulations may not be all that apply to you, but this is a good start. Learn about their requirements and note areas your company needs to address.

General Industry Regulations

  • 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D – Walking and Working Surfaces
  • 29 CFR 1910.22 General Requirements – discusses general housekeeping requirements, the storage of waste and debris, protection around the storage areas.
  • 29 CFR 1910.141 – General Environmental Controls – OSHA’s guidelines for sanitation – primarily in toilet facilities and other wet areas.

Construction Industry Regulations

  • 29 CFR 1926 Subpart C – General Safety and Health Provisions
  • 29 CFR 1926.25 – Housekeeping – discusses the control of hazards related to housekeeping in construction, the means to store debris and waste, what types of containers that need to be used, and the process of frequent and regular waste removal & disposal.
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