General housekeeping duties

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General housekeeping duties
Housekeeping duties sometimes include maintaining safety equipment. (safety at work image by Paula Gent from

Housekeeping in the workplace is important. If the workplace is not kept clean and tidy it can present a health and safety concern to those working or visiting the company premises. Creating a company procedures manual that contains all the general housekeeping duties to be completed daily or weekly is important for every company. Some business, such as labs that deal with chemicals, have legally imposed housekeeping duties. These duties are enforced by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).


Slipping and tripping are common accidents in the workplace. These can be avoided by promptly cleanup of any spilt fluids, especially oils. Employees should be trained in the proper use of a mop and bucket. Signs should be used to alert people to possible hazards such as a wet floor or loose floor tiles. In an area that cannot be cleaned on a regular basis, a non-slip rug should be used to prevent people from slipping or tripping on spills and debris. A common housekeeping duty is to put away all cables and equipment after they have been used. Employees are encouraged to perform regular inspections of the work environment and report any concerns they have to the management.


Housekeeping duties regarding equipment and tools are common. Regular cleaning of all equipment is important in order to maintain a well-run, efficient company. Safety clothing, mechanical machines and computer systems need to be kept clean, otherwise their performance can be affected. Equipment should be inspected and sent for repair or replacement on a regular basis to ensure effective function and to avoid safety hazards.

Waste Disposal

Good housekeeping duties include methods for disposing of waste. For regular office waste, recycling procedures should be introduced. Waste receptacles should be emptied at least once a day and commonly more, depending on the level and type of waste. Dangerous or toxic waste should be dealt with immediately. The waste receptacles should be clearly labelled and placed in appropriate areas close to waste sources.


All items should be carefully stored so avoid hazardous situations. This includes not stacking containers too high or filling them too full. Containers that are too heavy are a safety risk as they require lifting equipment. If containers are heavy or unstable, it should be noted on the container. General housekeeping duties include placing all equipment and resources back in appropriate containers. These should be clearly marked for ease of location.

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