Employees learn from their direct supervisors. This is true not only for procedures and policies related to the work at hand but also for the “little things” like good work-site housekeeping. If the supervisor insists on maintaining a clean and neat workplace, employees will follow suit.
A good example of this is our client – an auto mechanic shop in Arizona. The first time I visited, I was greatly impressed with the cleanliness of the place. There was not a drop of oil anywhere on the shop floor. There were no old parts littered around. The technicians (yes they are called technicians instead of “mechanics”) all were wearing surgical gloves as they worked on engines, brakes, and transmissions.
When I asked the owner about the fastidious appearance of the shop he replied that that is the way his father taught him to keep the shop. The auto shop is constantly busy, yet the employees care enough about their workplace to keep it hospital clean!
Poor housekeeping can be a source of workplace injuries. The sad fact is that all slip and falls, lacerations, back strains, etc. caused by clutter and poor housekeeping are all preventable.
See also: How Do You Establish a Safety Culture?
OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.22 requires employers to maintain workplaces, aisles, passageways and common areas in a neat and orderly manner. Several hundred citations are issued by OSHA each year to employers who fail to keep the workplace neat.
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