Construction: Housekeeping Safety (Spanish)

Various activities occur during the process of construction that cause an accumulation of debris and unsafe conditions. It is vital to dedicate attention to maintaining an organized and clean workspace.

Slips, Trips, and Falls
Check the jobsite floor conditions daily. Remove any ice, snow, water, debris, etc. that may cause slippery conditions. If complete removal of the hazard is not possible, provide an alternate and a designated walkway free from these conditions. Slip-resistant footwear is recommended. If water is used as part of process, create a drainage system. Inspect it each day for any stops and/or plugs to ensure that it functions properly.

Keep mud or other substances off ramps, ladders, stairways, and scaffolds. When not in use, develop safe habits to keep tools off the floor and properly stored. Also, ensure hoses and cords are out of walkways and are rolled up. Be sure to secure all loose or light materials. A strong gust of wind can come and cause these objects to move around the jobsite. Sweep up debris daily. Even a small screw on the ground can cause a trip or fall.

Struck by Falling Objects
Stack materials in a manner that prevents sliding or falling. When working on a level above others, use toe boards, screens, or guardrails to prevent objects from falling on employees. Also, make others aware of overhead work by posting warning signs and barricading the area. Always wear hard hats while on the jobsite.

Fires Due to Improper Disposal of Flammable/Combustible Materials (Rags, Paper, Cardboard)
Provide separate and designated containers for the collection of waste, trash, oily and used rags, and other refuse. Covers are to be used for containers containing oily and used rags, hazardous materials, and flammable materials. Dispose of waste on a frequent and regular schedule.

Impeded Access to Exit Routes and Firefighting Equipment
Ensure adequate routes to exits in the event of an emergency or a fire. Place firefighting equipment in locations that are easily accessible. If construction work is temporarily blocking a means of egress, ensure that the nearest exit path is clearly marked.

OSHA Construction Housekeeping Guidelines A
OSHA Construction Housekeeping Guidelines B 
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Workplace Housekeeping Guidelines

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NOTICE: This guide may make reference to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations; however the guide is not legal advice as to compliance with OSHA or other safety laws, codes, or regulations. Compliance with OSHA and other safety laws codes or regulations, and maintaining a safe work environment for your employees remains your responsibility. WCF Insurance does not undertake to perform the duty of any person to provide for the health or safety of your employees. WCF Insurance does not warrant that your workplace is safe or healthful, or that it complies with any laws, regulations, codes, or standards.