As part of The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, employers are obligated to keep the workplace sufficiently clean and tidy. Within the regulations, they refer to the maintenance of floors and traffic routes and that these should be kept clean and free from obstruction and/or spillages. Employers should implement housekeeping controls to ensure sufficient regular cleaning takes place and incidents like slips trips and falls are prevented.

These regulations are enforced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) who is the UK government agency responsible for enforcing health and safety in the workplace.

Regulations for health and safety which covers housekeeping in the workplace help to keep employees safe at work and support their employers to efficiently manage health and safety at a construction site, manufacturing plant, the office or similar. Our housekeeping toolbox talk help employers keep their employees safe and stay compliant with the law.

Definition of Housekeeping in the Workplace

When people hear the word ‘housekeeping’, they typically think of cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust and organising clutter. However, at a workplace it is so much more.

Housekeeping is the main problem on construction sites and often workplace incidents can be prevented if it is managed better on site. Additional benefits from proper housekeeping in the workplace, is improved productivity, increased quality and a good first impression on visitors.

Items Covered in Housekeeping Toolbox Talk

Our housekeeping toolbox talk is split up in following sections:

  • Introduction: Provides an overview of housekeeping in the workplace and its definition.
  • The Dangers: This section covers various types of hazards associated with poor housekeeping at work.
  • Control Measures: Outline controls that can be used to implement and maintain an efficient housekeeping program.
  • Toolbox Talk Questions: Includes a few questions to assess attendees understanding of the housekeeping toolbox talk.

Each of our toolbox talks include an additional page where relevant dangers on site can be identified and discussed, together with an attendance list where participants can be recorded and sign.

Purchase our Housekeeping Toolbox Talk to keep your employees safe, or take advantage of our toolbox talk packages which contains a range of our toolbox talks at a reduced cost.