The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations, deal with a number of issues including cleanliness and waste materials

The main points are that workplaces should be kept “sufficiently clean” and that “so far as is reasonably practicable, waste materials shall not be allowed to accumulate in a workplace except in suitable receptacles”.

Poor housekeeping results in untidy, overcrowded and obstructed workplaces, and workplaces which are unhygienic or dirty. It also creates hazards for you and for other people and the results of poor housekeeping are often a causal factor in many incidents. Do not create hazards for other people by working in ways, which result in a workplace that is untidy, overcrowded or obstructed. This is particularly important where:

  • slipping or tripping hazards could result in someone falling;
  • fire exit routes or fire doors become obstructed.

Similarly, do not create hazards for other people by working in ways that result in an unhygienic or dirty workplace. This is particularly important where:

  • there is a risk of infection;
  • substances are being used which are harmful to health.

Finally, report poor housekeeping whenever you find it, especially if you have not been able to do anything about removing the hazard.

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