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Keeping a Clean and Safe Office Space

Workplace safety involves a lot more than carefully placed furniture and first aid kits. Keeping your office clean and tidy has a huge impact on the safety of your work environment. While piles of paper and stray materials may seem harmless, they can quickly become quite hazardous. With this in mind, here are some tips for keeping your small business clean and safe:

Paper

When working in a busy office, it does not take long for a few stray pieces of paper to form a heaping pile on a table or desk. In addition to being unsightly, a messy office can also raise stress levels and poses a serious fire hazard. You can eliminate this hazard by placing paper recycling bins around the office. Be sure to place one near each copier for easy access. For additional security, you can also use paper-only shred bins in lieu of the recycling bins.

Rest Room Sanitation

Rest rooms are some of the most frequented spaces in an office. For this reason, it is imperative that they are sanitized at least once a day. This will include removing all paper litter, cleaning the floors and restocking supplies. Soap, paper towels and bath tissue should be available at all times. If you do not have any staff members designated solely for office cleaning, you may want to consider enlisting the help of a commercial cleaning company.

Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning supplies should always be clearly labeled and kept away in spill-proof containers. They should be taken out only for office cleaning purposes. Otherwise, they should be stored in an above-counter location that is not easily accessible to young visitors. Be sure to have the number for your local poison control center clearly displayed near these products.

Food Items

When not properly kept, break rooms and canteen areas can be breeding grounds for bacteria and germs. Here are some things to watch out for in these areas:
  • Waste:

    Allowing garbage, dirt and grime to accumulate can pose a serious health risk. Always be sure that you have adequate waste receptacles in lounge, kitchen and break areas.

  • Kitchens:

    Kitchen surfaces and floors should be cleaned regularly. Spills should be promptly addressed by cleaning the floor and placing a wet floor sign. Failure to do so can result in injuries.

  • Refrigerators:

    Refrigerators should be cleaned out at least once a week. If your office is open Monday through Friday, you may want to do the cleaning on Friday afternoons.

Keeping your office clean is a great way to promote a safe work environment. If maintaining your office becomes too large of a task, you may want to consider hiring a commercial cleaning company to help. A clean, safe workplace is well worth the investment.

Author Bio: This post comes from Arpaporn, who is a business owner, and is currently learning about pest control, using the internet. Aside from working on her own business, she likes to use social media, and decorating books.

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