Good housekeeping is a necessary requirement for maintaining safety at our facility. Clean and tidy operations hold fewer hazards for all employees. Accidents and injuries are avoided and productivity improved where good housekeeping is a daily occurrence. This document informs interested persons, including employees, that our company is complying with OSHA's housekeeping requirements, including:
Many other regulations also lead to housekeeping procedures. Common sense and safety concerns encourage standardization of housekeeping measures in the workplace. Principia has developed a set of written housekeeping procedures. In this way we have standardized housekeeping measures and are providing clear expectations and procedures for housekeeping at our company.
Good housekeeping is possibly the most visible evidence of management and employee concern for safety and health that a company displays on a day-to-day basis. Orderliness in our workplace contributes to a safe working environment by minimizing obstacles and potential safety and health threats such as spills, trip hazards, etc. In fact, we have nine good reasons for housekeeping:
Our Written Housekeeping Program begins with a purpose statement. Then it provides a section to explain our expectations for a walk-around assessment. We have also included specific housekeeping procedures. Because no program can be successful without employee participation, we train our employees in the procedures. Plus, we have a system to promptly address and resolve any housekeeping-related accidents and hazard reports.
This document serves as the written procedures for general housekeeping at Principia offices and operations. These guidelines provide housekeeping standards in this facility to help ensure a safe work environment at all times in all areas.
The Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for implementing and maintaining the program. A copy of the plan may be reviewed by employees. It is located in Principia written Safety and Health manual and at our corporate office.
If after reading this program, if you find that improvements can be made, please contact the Safety Director, or designee. We encourage all suggestions because we are committed to the success of our written housekeeping program.
We strive for clear understanding, safe behavior, and involvement from every level of the company.
Our Workplace Safety Director, or designee, and/or joint management/employee safety and health committee members walk(s) around the facility/job site for an assessment to identify main housekeeping issues. These persons look for a lack of order, un-removed spills or obstructions, or other hazards due to poor organization or poor housekeeping. They ask employees working in each area to identify and recommend corrective actions for their area. They also walk around the grounds to see if there is refuse or an untidy appearance due to storing materials haphazardly. In addition, they check the OSHA Form 200 injury and illness to see if one or more incidents such as slips, trips, falls, or other types of accidents were related in some way to poor housekeeping.
It is the intent of this company to standardize housekeeping measures, meet OSHA requirements, and encourage safety. The procedures listed below cover many locations.
Storage and Scrap Areas
Our facility securely stores material by piling or arranging it in an orderly manner. Our housekeeping procedures for storage areas (which keep them free from accumulation of materials that constitute hazards from tripping, fire, explosion, or pest harborage) are:
Open yard storage housekeeping procedures include:
Indoor storage housekeeping measures include:
Aisles, Walkways, and Floor
Our facility does the following things to keep aisles, walkways and floors clean and open:
Our housekeeping procedures for our production areas include:
Our housekeeping procedures for loading docks are:
Outside the Facility
Our housekeeping procedures for keeping our grounds and building faces/sides neat and orderly include:
All of our employees, including maintenance and contractor employees, need to fully understand the safety and health hazards of poor housekeeping and improper chemical storage to protect themselves, their fellow employees, and the citizens of nearby communities. While training in Hazard Communication will help employees to be more knowledgeable about the chemicals they work with as well as familiarize them with reading and understanding MSDS's, we will also train them as part of our Housekeeping Program, covering housekeeping procedures and safe work practices, hazard reporting, and other areas pertinent to housekeeping.
Our Safety Director, or designee, trains employees on housekeeping procedures. He/she trains new employees at the time of their initial assignment..
Employees sign documentation upon completion of their training. All training and retraining records contain the identity of the employee, the date of training, and the means used to verify that they understood their training.
Our facility uses contractors to perform work in and around processes that involve housekeeping procedures. Our goal is to hire contractors who accomplish the desired job tasks without compromising the safety and health of employees.
Our facility obtains and periodically evaluates the contract employer's safety performance and programs in accordance with our Contractor Safety policies.
We inform and train contract employers of the known hazards which could develop from poor housekeeping, but which relate to the contractor's work and processes.
We ensure that the contract employer advises our organization of any unique hazards presented by the contract employer's work by maintaining and promoting communication and an open door policy for the identification, and mitigation of recognized safety and health hazards.
Our employees are a significant ally in implementing and maintaining an effective housekeeping program for the facility. Principia strongly encourages employees to participate in:
Incident investigation is the process of identifying the underlying causes of incidents and implementing steps to prevent similar events from occurring. With our incident investigations, we intend to learn from past experiences and thus avoid repeating past mistakes. Some of the incidents could be "near misses," meaning that a serious consequence did not occur, but could have.
The Safety Director, or designee, is responsible for promptly addressing and resolving an incident report's findings and recommendations. Our organization ensures that all affected personnel, whose job tasks are relevant to an incident finding (including contract employees where applicable), review the report.