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Safe work method statement - General issues - Housekeeping

Housekeeping of a workplace

Housekeeping of a workplace minimises the potential of slips, trips and falls occurring at a workplace.

  • Housekeeping is the arrangement and storage of materials, items and plant within designated storage areas.


Tasks associated with the housekeeping of a workplace include:

  • Ensuring a safe and clear means of access and egress, free of obstructions;
  • Erection of general safety signs within a work area;
  • Unloading of bricks from a truck;
  • Establishment of safe storage areas for materials and plant;
  • Making safe protruding objects that are a hazard;
  • Manual handling and loading of bricks to a working platform;
  • Manual handling associated with the handling and storage of materials and plant;
  • Conduct a hazard identification of the immediate work area;
  • Assess risk to persons undertaking housekeeping duties at a workplace.

Safety procedure includes

Housekeeping of a workplace safe work method statement

Housekeeping of a workplace safe work method statement is a 12 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of undertaking the housekeeping of a workplace or part of a workplace.

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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Environmental factors at a workplace.
  • Failure to maintain housekeeping of a workplace.
  • Collection, storage and disposal of excess or waste materials.
  • Manual handling issues.
  • Personal protective equipment requirements.
  • Training requirements.
  • Housekeeping requirements.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for housekeeping.

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