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What is housekeeping? It's a word that makes us think of keeping house or cleaning up at home. Actually, housekeeping is even more important in running a factory, making a product, or performing services of any kind. Messes and clutter are dangerous, especially in the workplace.

You might say to yourself that we have maintenance and custodial people to clean up after us, but that can't be the whole story. Even though we have people who are paid to do the big cleaning jobs, each of us must do his part in keeping his or her own work area in good order. Here is an example of what can happen when someone forgets the importance of "housekeeping".

A maintenance man was using a ladder to do some overhead work. The area where he was working was pretty cluttered, but he didn't think too much about it. After all, it wasn't his job to clean up. When he finish­ed the job, he came down the ladder and stepped on a piece of paper lying on the floor. What he didn't see was a broken drill bit hidden under the paper. His foot slipped and he fell, twisting his back. He was off work for several days due to the back strain.


This incident brings up a lot of questions. Was he justified in feeling that it wasn't his job to clean up? Would you ever suspect that something might be under a scrap of paper? Wouldn't most people expect to have a safe area to walk in, without having to think about hidden hazards? What other things could cause a similar accident?

I think we can all agree that everyone has a part in good housekeeping. The workplace doesn't have to look beautiful but it should be safe. Make it your business to practice good housekeeping as you go about your work. You may save yourself or your fellow workers from a serious injury.


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