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Construction Site Housekeeping Checklist

Construction sites can present many hazards to workers performing construction-related activities. Keeping a construction site clean of debris can help reduce these hazards. The benefits of good housekeeping far exceed the small additional effort required to establish good housekeeping practices at a construction site.

This checklist contains some questions on job-site housekeeping, the answers to which can help management take actions to prevent injuries and minimize losses.

Working Areas

Are safe accesses to the job site provided for all workers?
Are walking/working surfaces kept clear and any liquid spills cleaned up immediately?
Are stairways, passageways, and gangways kept free of material, supplies, or obstructions?
Is all debris and trash picked up and placed in their proper containers?
Are protruding nails, forms, scrap lumber, and other debris kept clear from work areas, passageways, and stairs, and in and around buildings or other structures?

Materials and Storage

Are items not being used (e.g., tools, cords, or chains) stored in their proper locations?
Are materials storage areas kept clean and free of unnecessary materials and debris?
Is loose scrap or light materials that may be blown off by high winds, properly secured?
Are empty cement bags and other dust-producing materials removed from the work areas?

Waste

Are trash and recycling containers with self-closing covers placed throughout the job site, marked for proper use, and emptied at regular intervals?
Are chutes provided to remove waste from above-grade floors?
Are drip pans used to collect oils and fluids?
Are all scrap, waste, recyclable, and surplus materials disposed of in accordance with federal regulations and local codes?
Are all oil-soaked and paint-saturated rags, clothing, waste, or combustible refuse placed in non-combustible receptacles with self-closing covers?
Is combustible waste scheduled for frequent collection and removal?
Are used oil containers and dumpsters locked to secure them from unwanted waste?



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LC 13-315