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Safety Manual. Revised Edition 2010

Revised Edition 2010

Order and Cleanliness

2.2 Order and Cleanliness

1. Introduction

Via suitable order and cleanliness in work premises or areas, a large number of unsafe conditions which are the cause of numerous accidents and which contribute to safety at work due to the psychological effect they have on workers may be eliminated.

Order means a suitable place for each thing. Everything has to be in its assigned place.

The design of workstations and work sites has to contribute to maintaining said order:

  • Shelving that is suitable for the weight it has to support, fixed to walls and/or floors to avoid it toppling over.
  • Protuberances protected by rubber or plastic plugs to avoid snagging.
  • Signposting aisles (10-cm strips in white or yellow) and workstations.
  • Installing bins for collecting waste, scrap and refuse.
  • Cleaning windows, floors, skylights, etc.
  • Etc.

The elementary rules to follow are:

  • Remove objects that obstruct the way.
  • Mark aisles in white or yellow, depending on the colour of the floor.
  • Do not pile up materials in places of transit.
  • Remove waste daily, collecting it in suitable bins.
  • Overhead electrical wiring is preferable.
  • Recipients that contain toxic or inflammable liquids must be hermetically sealed.
  • Avoid slippery floors (oils, grease, etc.).
  • Collect inflammable products or materials in the approved manner.

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