Workplace Housekeeping - Checklist for Workplace Housekeeping

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What is an example of a general workplace housekeeping checklist?

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See the OSH Answers on Workplace Housekeeping - Basic Guide for more information. 


  • Minimize fire hazards by keeping the workplace free of flammable or combustible materials and waste.
  • Make sure 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.
  • Make sure that boxes, drums, and piles are located on a firm foundation and are properly stored.
  • 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, or burnt-out lights. Fix immediately.
  • Bundle and store 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 the job site for the job at hand.


  • Do not pile material around fire extinguishers, sprinklers, or emergency exits.
  • Do not leave clean-up to the last few minutes of the shift or day.
  • Do not clean equipment without "locking out."
  • Do not reach into waste containers. Dump contents or remove the 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 the stairs.
  • Do not use containers or boxes as chairs or ladders.

  • Fact sheet last revised: 2023-09-18