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When it comes to developing and implementing ways to ensure efficiency and profitability, cleaning may not be at the top of any businessperson’s list. But it’s true. Keeping your facility clean and taking that extra step to make it pristine can affect your bottom line in a positive way. Here are the main reasons why you should clean your industrial facility beyond simply picking up trash.
Every business produces some type of waste, and some produce more specific and hazardous types of waste as well. If you run a facility that manufactures things or handles materials that are loose, apt to break apart, turn to dust, emit gas, and so forth, you need to keep on top of cleaning it up. Otherwise, it can lead to a hazardous and even fatal work environment. Sweeping and vacuuming are a necessity, but consider whether your facility could use a wet or dry scrubber working in the background, gathering up gas, dust, and other particulates. That will create a healthier environment, which means happier workers, fewer sick days, and no increase in your insurance rates.
Want to save thousands of dollars a year? Keep your facility and its equipment clean. Clean machines simply run better and require fewer repairs and replacements. Even a swift wipe-down and vacuuming can extend a device’s life. Installing a scrubber or similar air cleaning device will also keep dust and other materials from settling on and infiltrating your machines, gumming up the works. And when a workspace is clean and orderly, employees can work better, faster, and more safely.
Here’s another reason why you should clean your industrial facility. If there isn’t a place for everything, and if everything isn’t in its place, you’re inviting chaos. Reassess where you and your employees put everything. Ensure that storage spaces are neat and arranged so that higher-use items are more easily accessed than less often used things. Keep aisles clear and ensure there’s room to maneuver for both people and machines. Workers that need to stop and look for the tools and supplies they require to do their jobs might as well be doing nothing.
Another thing worth looking into is the sort of standards your institution needs to meet. OSHA, as well as other governmental entities, create thousands of rules to protect workers’ health and safety. We’ve already covered the fact that health is an important consideration. Now consider the extra impetus of meeting government standards to avoid fines. There’s also the question of liability. Keeping a clean shop shows a desire to protect one’s employees, which, in the event of a personal injury lawsuit, can make an enormous difference in the court’s decision.
To clean or not to clean? There’s really no question about it. Keep your facility clean to ensure a safer, healthier, and better work environment overall!