A cluttered, unorganized workspace isn’t just unsightly—it is also dangerous. Poor workplace housekeeping, such as failing to clean up after yourself, can contribute to the following:
- Injuries caused by slips and falls when clutter is on the floor
- Potential fire hazards
- Exposure to hazardous dust and vapors
- Ergonomics issues that arise when clutter takes over your workspace, leaving you little room to work
No matter what type of environment you work in, it is important to keep your workspace clean and organized, not only for safety reasons, but also for productivity and morale. According to researchers, a cluttered environment can cause stress, and restrict your ability to focus and process information. The following tips can help you keep your workspace safe and organized:
- Regularly wipe down your workstation with a damp cloth or disinfecting wipe to remove dust, dirt and germs. Don’t forget the keyboard and mouse if you use a computer.
- Clean up spills and dispose of all trash immediately.
- Avoid eating at your workstation, especially if you work with hazardous materials.
- Keep walkways and floors free of clutter and tripping hazards.
- Store equipment in designated areas when tasks are complete.