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It is the employer’s responsibility to establish and maintain good housekeeping practices to eliminate hazards to employees to the extent practicable. Effective housekeeping can help control or eliminate workplace hazards. Poor housekeeping practices frequently contribute to incidents. If the sight of paper, debris, clutter and spills is accepted as normal, then other more serious hazards may be taken for granted.

Housekeeping is not just cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly, maintaining halls and floors free of slip and trip hazards, and removing of waste materials (e.g., paper, cardboard) and other fire hazards from work areas. It also requires paying attention to important details such as the layout of the whole workplace, aisle marking, the adequacy of storage facilities, and maintenance. Good housekeeping is also a basic part of incident and fire prevention.

Effective housekeeping is an ongoing operation: it is not a one-time or hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Periodic “panic” cleanups are costly and ineffective in reducing incidents.

Certification for General Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, 29 CFR 1910.22 Walking-Working Surfaces, • 29 CFR 1910.35-38 Exit Routes and Emergency Planning, 29 CFR 1910.141 Sanitation, 29 CFR 1910.157 Fire Extinguishers, 29 CFR 1910.106, 29 CFR 1910.1030 Flammable Liquids, 29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication, 29 CFR 1910.25 Stairways, 1915.81 Housekeeping, 1926.25 Housekeeping

Government Regulations:
29 CFR 1910.22 Walking-Working Surfaces
29 CFR 1910.35-38 Exit Routes and Emergency Planning
29 CFR 1910.141 Sanitation
29 CFR 1910.157 Fire Extinguishers
29 CFR 1910.106 Flammable Liquids
29 CFR 1910.1200 Hazard Communication
29 CFR 1910.25 Stairways
1915.81 Housekeeping
1926.25 Housekeeping

Who Needs this Training?
According to OSHA All employees working in these areas:
• Those who work on jobsites and may exposed to hazards.
• Workers that may be involved in work types that may create clutter or messes on site.
• Those that train or modify training exposures.
• Those that are new to the jobsite.

Dangers of Remaining Uncertified:
Poor housekeeping can be a cause of incidents, such as:
• Tripping over loose objects on floors, stairs and platforms
• Being hit by falling objects
• Slipping on greasy, wet or dirty surfaces
• Striking against projecting, poorly stacked items or misplaced material
• Cutting, puncturing, or tearing the skin of hands or other parts of the body on projecting nails, wire or steel strapping

To avoid these hazards, a workplace must “maintain” order throughout a workday. Although this effort requires a great deal of management and planning, the benefits are many.

Included Topics:
By the end of this course we will have covered the following topics:
Topic 1: Safety with Sharp Objects-4:33
Topic 2: Sanitation-4:53
Topic 3: Emergency Action Plan-8:48
Topic 4: Chemical Safety-3:17
Topic 5: Safe Lifting and Material Handling-6:28
Topic 6: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls-6:31

Course Layout:
Course format consists of video instruction, intermediate quizzes, and Final Knowledge Check.

Course Duration:
A minimum of 45 minutes is required to complete this course.

When an employer has reason to believe that an affected worker does not recognize existing hazards or proper precautions at some point after the initial training, the employer is required to provide retraining for that worker, in accordance with 29 CFR 1926 and 29 CFR 1910. For example, workers must be retrained when:
• Changes in the workplace render previous training obsolete.
• Incidents occur on site.
• Inadequacies in workers’ knowledge or hazard precautions indicate that they do not adequately understand training.

Certificate of Completion:
A completion certificate is available for printing immediately upon successfully finishing the course.


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