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Define Housekeeping

Graham Marshall - Monday, April 09, 2012

Here's a funny thing; I've been working up a Housekeeping Procedure for one of my clients, and I thought it would be a good idea to start with a definition of housekeeping.

I thought this would be straightforward enough since everyone knows what housekeeping is.  Right? 


Housekeeping is not just keeping a work place tidy. It's not just about hygiene and cleanliness either.

As I thought about it a little more, it occurred to me that "housekeeping" is much more than these things. 

So here is the definition I came up with.  What do you think?

"Housekeeping is a systematic process for reducing the risk off accidents.  It achieves this objective by ensuring that:

+  Areas of work are laid out to a specific plan, taking account of necessary EHS considerations;

+  Due consideration is given to the "hierarchy of control" when designing a given work space;

+  Equipment, tools and other items are placed, used and/or stored appropriately;

+  Chemicals are stored, used and disposed of correctly;

+  Safety signage, barriers and barricade areas  are installed and used appropriately; and

+  The location is continuously monitored and kept in a fit and tidy state."

Anonymous commented on 09-Apr-2012 11:34 AM
Fantastic definition of housekeeping. Thanks for putting this on your site.

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