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Workplace Housekeeping - Checklist for Workplace Housekeeping

What is an example of a Workplace Housekeeping Checklist?


  • Minimize fire hazards by keeping workplace free of accumulated combustible materials and waste.
  • Ensure that exits and aisles are clear of obstructions to allow easy evacuation of the building.
  • Place all trash and scrap in proper containers.
  • Keep oily rags in covered metal containers.
  • Dispose of hazardous materials in approved marked containers.
  • Store equipment and materials in their assigned location.
  • Clean air vents and filters to maintain ventilation efficiency.
  • Ensure that boxes, drums, and piles are located on a firm foundation and properly stacked.
  • Clean up tools and unused materials after finishing a job or before leaving the job site.
  • Clean up spills promptly according to procedures, using personal protective equipment (PPE) where necessary.
  • Report hazards such as uneven boards, cracks, burnt-out lights. Fix immediately.
  • Bundle hoses and cables when not in use.
  • Place empty containers and pallets in designated locations.
  • Dump small containers into larger ones.
  • Keep only enough combustible materials at job site for job at hand.


  • Do not pile material around fire extinguishers, sprinklers, or emergency exits.
  • Do not leave clean-up to last few minutes of shift or day.
  • Do not clean equipment without "locking out."
  • Do not reach into waste containers. Dump contents or remove bag.
  • Do not blow off dust with compressed air. Use a vacuum or brush.
  • Do not collect broken glass and metal straps in plastic bags.
  • Do not use bare hands when collecting waste. Wear gloves to avoid cuts and splinters.
  • Do not place materials on stairs.
  • Do not use kegs or boxes as chairs or ladders.

Document last updated on June 23, 2008
Document confirmed current on June 6, 2014


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