Todd Jerome Jenkins, MS, CSP, SMS, CHST, STSC

Safety Aficionado & Ph.D. Student

Spring Cleaning

Spring is when many people engage in cleaning and decluttering activities at home. Still, it is also an ideal time to focus on workplace safety by conducting a thorough spring cleaning. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workplace injuries and illnesses cost U.S. businesses $250 billion annually. By focusing on workplace safety during spring cleaning activities, employers can help prevent accidents and protect their people.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries, accounting for 26% of all nonfatal workplace injuries in 2019. Here are some tips for addressing slip and fall hazards during spring cleaning:

  1. Clear walkways: Remove any clutter, debris, or obstacles from walkways to prevent tripping hazards.
  2. Check flooring: Inspect the flooring for any loose or uneven areas that could cause tripping hazards. Repair or replace damaged flooring as necessary.
  3. Clean up spills: Spills can cause slip hazards, especially on hard flooring surfaces. Clean up spills promptly and post warning signs if necessary.
  4. Improve lighting: Inadequate lighting can increase the risk of accidents, especially in areas with poor visibility. Make sure all areas of the workplace are adequately lit.

Spring cleaning is also an opportunity to review and update workplace safety policies and procedures. Employers should ensure that their safety policies are current and that people are appropriately trained on safety procedures. This can include topics such as proper lifting techniques, safe use of equipment, and emergency response procedures.

Spring cleaning at work is an excellent opportunity to focus on workplace safety and prevent accidents. By addressing slip and fall hazards, reviewing and updating safety policies and procedures, and providing people training, employers can help prevent injuries and illnesses and protect their people.

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