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Housekeeping: What you need to know

Federal safety and health rules require all employers to provide a safe and healthful workplace. There are general housekeeping and sanitation requirements that apply to all permanent places of employment, except where domestic, mining, or agricultural work is performed. The exceptions are covered under separate standards for those types of workplaces. “Housekeeping” refers to keeping the workplace clean, orderly, and sanitary.

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Employers must provide clean water, toilet and hand-washing facilities, changing rooms for employees who are required to wear protective clothing to safeguard against contamination or toxic materials, and other industry-specific rules related to good housekeeping.

There are requirements concerning clean and sanitary work environments to prevent employee contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. See the Bloodborne Pathogens analysis for information.

Federal workplace housekeeping rules are administered and enforced by OSHA.

GENERAL INDUSTRY WORKPLACES
29 CFR 1910.22 and 29 CFR 1910.141

OSHA housekeeping rules state that "all places of employment, passageways, storerooms, and service rooms should be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition." The regulation makes specific mention of keeping floors clean and dry: "To facilitate cleaning, every floor, working place, and passageway shall be kept free from protruding nails, splinters, holes, or loose boards." The regulation also says that "aisles and passageways shall be kept clear and in good repair."

Clean water supply. The OSH Act requires that all workplaces have available potable drinking water that meets the U.S. Public Health Service quality standards for drinking or is ...


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