Workplace Housekeeping - Checklist for Construction Sites

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  • Gather up and remove debris to keep the work site orderly.
  • Plan for the adequate disposal of scrap, waste and surplus materials.
  • Keep the work area and all equipment tidy. Designate areas for waste materials and provide containers.
  • Keep stairways, passageways, ladders, scaffold and gangways free of material, supplies and obstructions.
  • Secure loose or light material that is stored on roofs or on open floors.
  • Keep materials at least 2m (5 ft.) from openings, roof edges, excavations or trenches.
  • Remove or bend over nails protruding from lumber.
  • Keep hoses, power cords, welding leads, etc. from laying in heavily travelled walkways or areas.
  • Ensure structural openings are covered/protected adequately (e.g. sumps, shafts, floor openings, etc.)


  • Do not permit rubbish to fall freely from any level of the project. Use chutes or other approved devices to materials.
  • Do not throw tools or other materials.
  • Do not raise or lower any tool or equipment by its own cable or supply hose.

Flammable/Explosive Materials

  • Store flammable or explosive materials such as gasoline, oil and cleaning agents apart from other materials.
  • Keep flammable and explosive materials in proper containers with contents clearly marked.
  • Dispose of greasy, oily rags and other flammable materials in approved containers.
  • Store full barrels in an upright position.
  • Keep gasoline and oil barrels on a barrel rack.
  • Store empty barrels separately.
  • Post signs prohibiting smoking, open flames and other ignition sources in areas where flammable and explosive materials are stored or used.
  • Store and chain all compressed gas cylinders in an upright position.
  • Mark empty cylinders with the letters "mt," and store them separately from full or partially full cylinders.
  • Ventilate all storage areas properly.
  • Ensure that all electric fixtures and switches are explosion-proof where flammable materials are stored.
  • Use grounding straps equipped with clamps on containers to prevent static electricity buildup.
  • Provide the appropriate fire extinguishers for the materials found on-site. Keep fire extinguisher stations clear and accessible.

  • Fact sheet confirmed current: 2018-06-12
  • Fact sheet last revised: 2008-06-23