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March 1, 2007
When paper is left on the floor or boxes are stacked in a walk area, these normally harmless items can create a safety hazard. Housekeeping is vital to maintaining a safe work area, whether it is in an office, laboratory or workshop, yet basic housekeeping practices are often overlooked and cause many accidents. Housekeeping should be an ongoing activity not left until the end of the day or only for the custodial crew. Employees can take steps every day to keep their area clean and prevent larger housekeeping problems from developing. Every department has its own safety needs, but keeping areas picked-up and uncluttered applies to all departments. Here are some housekeeping tips that will help you keep your work area safe: