Workplace Housekeeping Checklists

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Published 28 Jul 2022

What is a Workplace Housekeeping Checklist?

A workplace housekeeping checklist is a tool used to ensure that the workplace is well organized, hygienic, and safe for all employees. Good housekeeping prevents workplace hazards such as slips, trips, falls, and more. Regular housekeeping in the workplace also improves productivity, boosts morale, and helps employers avoid potential fines for non-compliance.

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Example of Housekeeping Duties

A good example of a workplace where housekeeping is crucial in running the business is in the hospitality industry. The following are examples of housekeeping duties in hospitality:

  • Floors in all rooms are vacuumed, swept, and mopped
  • Windows are cleaned
  • Common areas are cleaned
  • Kitchen is cleaned and appliances, counters, sinks, and cabinet doors are wiped down
  • Bathrooms are cleaned and supplies are re-stocked
  • Trash is collected for recycling and disposal
  • Furniture are cleaned and shined
  • Linens are changed and re-stocked
  • Spills are mopped right away
  • Report any damage for possible repair

Use iAuditor, the world’s #1 inspection app to conduct housekeeping inspections and maintain a clean and organized workplace. Document housekeeping operations using your mobile device to ensure that all areas are clean, organized, and hazard-free. Take photo evidence of compliant and non-compliant items for a comprehensive report and securely save your report in the cloud using iAuditor.

Workplace Housekeeping FAQs

Workplace housekeeping refers to a set of activities taken to create a neat and orderly workplace. However, it doesn’t just refer to maintaining cleanliness. Workplace housekeeping also deals with keeping the workplace organized, uncluttered, and hazard-free.

Proper housekeeping is important in ensuring not only a pleasant but safe environment which the organization and employees benefit from. Workplace housekeeping helps prevent accidents, injuries, and illnesses by controlling and eliminating hazards. 

Below are some examples of good housekeeping practices in the workplace:

  • Regular maintenance of buildings and equipment
  • Good organization of tools, equipment, materials, and even employee’s personal belongings.
  • Regular collection, grading, and sorting of waste
  • Wiping floors, walls, and other surfaces to prevent the accumulation of dust and dirt and harmful microorganisms that can cause illness.

The concept of 5s can be applied to promote good housekeeping in the workplace. The principles of 5s are as follows:

  • Sort – all items should be neatly organized and all unnecessary items should be disposed of or removed.
  • Set in order – all items should be placed in their appropriate locations. Assign labels and the appropriate labels.
  • Shine – the workplace, tools, equipment, and machineries should be regularly cleaned. Broken or damaged items should be fixed.
  • Standardize – the processes for the previous rules (sort, set in order, and shine) should be standardized and implemented across the business.
  • Sustain – a monitoring system should be in place to continuously and consistently practice good housekeeping.
Jona Tarlengco - SafetyCulture Staff Writer

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Jona Tarlengco

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.