A clean workplace means more than just having a fresh or newly renovated building. A clean workplace also ensures the safety and health of the employees and visitors. Health related illness and injuries can be prevented by taking action to ensure a clean, safe work environment. Here are the reasons why a clean workplace means a safe workplace:
Good Air Quality lowers employee exposure to hazardous substances.
A buildup of dust, lint, and pollen can create breathing hazards for everyone in the office, triggering asthma attacks, stuffy noses, and other uncomfortable health issues. Good air quality is one of the factors which greatly influences work space performance, as well as the health of your employees.
Clean, dry floors prevent accidents.
Making sure your office floors are free of liquids at all times is essential to prevent slips and falls in the workplace. In Canada over 42,000 workers get injured annually due to accidents caused by falling. This number represents about 17% of the “time-loss injuries” that were accepted by the Workers’ Compensation boards or Commissions across Canada (based on statistics from Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 2011). Both slips and trips result from some a kind of unintended or unexpected change in the contact between the feet and the ground or walking surface. This shows that good housekeeping, quality of walking surfaces (flooring), selection of proper footwear, and appropriate pace of walking are critical for preventing fall accidents.
Disinfectants prevent the spread of germs and illness.
Germs can be easily spread at any workspace, particularly during flu season. This is why it is important to disinfect all workstations regularly. An unclean work environment is an excellent breeding ground for various germs and allergens, which only emphasizes the need to keep it clean at all times. By keeping the work environment clean, you’re ensuring that your employees are healthy and productive and ready to serve the needs of any client that walks through your doors.
Clean light fixtures improve lighting efficiency.
Clean light fixtures are important for your employees to complete their daily tasks. Clean light fixtures improve lighting efficiency in the workplace. Well-lit stairways and aisles are also important in preventing accidents and maintaining a safe work environment.
Green cleaning products are safer for both your employees and the environment.
Green cleaning products can improve the air quality indoors, lowering the health risks that are brought about by traditional cleaning products containing toxins. It has been proven that using green products for cleaning can reduce health issues such as eye, respiratory and skin burns or irritations, allergies, headaches, chemical poisoning, nausea, and even reproductive hazards. By using green products, sustainable living can be assured since these products make use of all natural ingredients that will never cause any danger when used.
Proper disposal of waste and recyclable materials keeps work areas clutter-free.
It is important that trash does not pile up as it not only produces clutter, but also presents a breeding ground for pests that pose a threat to your work environment. Having the correct procedures in place will ensure a clean and safe working environment. Your work space should be inviting to people who might come to use your business.
Providing a safe and clean environment for your employees and visitors doesn’t have to be a challenge you face alone. To learn how we can help improve the cleanliness and safety of your workplace, contact Clean Green Solutions at www.cleangreenvancouver.ca.