Employers have a duty of care to all staff and the public to identify and control hazards at work. Health and safety is a vital part of business operations, and frequent cleaning of workers’ areas as well as public spaces should be incorporated into this plan. Take a look at some of the areas you should be cleaning and keeping tidy to ensure the safety of managers and employees.
Poor air quality is the cause of illness for 40% of workers, with many feeling they need to take time off work. Should your air filter be blocked with dirt, it cannot filter out the debris therefore it will continue to circulate in the air. This is a hazard to all workers who may become sick more easily due to the spread of bacteria and viruses. This is also a major health hazard for those with asthma or other respiratory problems as their symptoms may worsen. To ensure the air is clean, clean out the air and heat systems regularly to ensure your workers are safe and stay healthy.
Bacteria and viruses can easily spread from contact with desks, keyboards, equipment and surfaces. Around 90% of workers admit working while ill therefore it is vital to keep the workplace clean to stop other staff becoming sick. It is also more pleasant for employees and managers to work in a clean and shiny workplace and creates a good impression to visitors. There are lots of areas that people touch regularly in the workplace including door handles, vending machines, microwaves and even faucet handles. These areas are often forgotten about but a deep clean will ensure the wellbeing of all workers.
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of compensation claims in the workplace and can result in employee injury. A simple clear out of clutter can avoid any incidents and is also more aesthetically pleasing to everyone. Start by identifying where the clutter may cause a hazard and organize a regular clear out. There should be nothing covering doorways or fire exits and there should be space for employees to put their personal belongings away. Bags and other personal items should not be on the floor to avoid trips and falls. Once the main areas where clutter could cause a hazard are identified, there should be procedures to ensure they are always kept clear.
A simple cleaning and tidying schedule for the workplace is crucial to your health and safety plans for all staff. This can avoid the spread of infection as well as avoid unnecessary accidents at work.