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How to make your job site cleaner (and safer)

Keeping your job site in proper order can improve safety, morale, public relations and efficiency. This involves proper storage, use, cleanup, and disposal of various construction-related materials.

A good housekeeping program should be well-planned, coordinated and involve everyone on a job site. The best time to clean up is immediately after debris has been created since many accidents such as tripping or slipping are caused by unsafe conditions produced by poor housekeeping.

The essentials of good housekeeping are generally reduced to the principle of “a proper place for everything and everything in its proper place.” This implies a common-sense regimen on the part of all jobsite workers to maintain an orderly environment and a clean and sanitary job site.

Health & Safety

Scrap lumber with protruding nails, debris in work areas and combustibles are just a few examples of hazards that can injure workers. Housekeeping will keep your employees safe and your safety program successful.

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Risk Control Recommendations

Consider the following loss prevention recommendations when creating your housekeeping program:

Working Areas

  • Provide safe access to the job site.
  • Keep walking and working surfaces clean.
  • Keep stairways, passageways, and gangways free of material, supplies, and obstructions.
  • Pick-up and place all debris or trash in its proper container.
  • Hammer in, bend, or remove any nails protruding from scrap lumber. Cap or bend all exposed steel rebar ends.
  • Remove any items that aren’t being used from the work area and store them in their proper place.
  • Keep lavatory and toilet facilities (stationary or portable) clean and sanitary.


  • Place trash and recycling containers throughout the job site.
  • Keep waste in metal cans or bins with self-closing covers and remove debris regularly.
  • Never allow rubbish to fall freely from any level of the project. Use chutes or other approved waste-removal devices.
  • Seal waste and product drums and containers tightly to reduce evaporation, spillage, and contamination.
  • Ensure the disposal of scrap, waste, recyclables and surplus materials is in accordance with Federal regulations and local codes.
  • Never dispose of any waste into storm or sanitary sewers.
  • Frequently schedule the safe collection and removal of combustible waste.
  • Lock and secure used oil containers and dumpsters.

Risk prevention can only take you so far. Make sure your business is covered in the event of an unexpected loss.

2017-07-18T09:15:13+00:00 August 10th, 2015|
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