“Housekeeping” isn’t a word that most people associate with construction work. For most of us, housekeeping means keeping our homes presentable – and it’s not a task we want to do. You’ll rarely hear someone say, “I’d rather be housekeeping.” But, thanks to the tendency of things to become more – rather than less – disorganized over time, housekeeping is the best way to keep us from being buried in clutter. Housekeeping keeps us safer too.
It’s a good idea to keep tools, scrap lumber, and other debris out of work areas, passageways, and stairs. It’s also a requirement in Oregon OSHA’s construction rules: 1926.25, Housekeeping (Division 3, Subdivision C), summarized below:
Other Oregon OSHA construction rules that deal with housekeeping include 1926.20, General safety and health provisions; 1926.51, Sanitation (Division 3, Subdivision D); and 1926.250, General requirements for storage (Division 3, Subdivision H).