Workplace Safety and Health
Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
(Formerly MSDS Material Safety Data Sheets)
These programs are currently being updated and more information will be published soon:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP)
September safety topic: Good Housekeeping Practices
How does housekeeping relate to work? Safer work places are created by keeping them clean and free from excessive debris.
Here are some examples:
- Preventing slips, trips and falls
OSHA requires that “all places of employment, passageways, storerooms ... are kept in a clean, orderly, and sanitary condition.” (CFR1910.22(a)(1)). This means spills need to be properly cleaned up, storage rooms kept organized and hallways free from excess items from rooms.
- Eliminate fire hazards
Ohio Fire Code (1301:7-7-33 [(a)3304.2.1]) specifies that “combustible debris, rubbish and waste material shall not be accumulated within buildings”. Check your areas to make sure the trash is being taken out and isn’t being stored in hallways, closets or in front of doors.
- Keep exit paths clear
The OSHA standard calls exit paths “means of egress” and requires they “be free and unobstructed”. (CFR1910.37(a)(3)) Do not store extra items in the hallway, stairway or in front of doors.
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