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Industrial Housekeeping: Making a Clean Sweep

By Joy LePree |

Good housekeeping results in a better safety record and higher product quality Safety is a high priority in the chemical process industries (CPI). However, safety programs tend to focus more on larger, regulated concerns, such as personal protective equipment, chemical handling, storage and labeling and environmental compliance, while safety issues related to good housekeeping often get less attention. Unfortunately, many smaller-scale incidents (think slips and falls and minor injuries) that occur in a chemical facility are directly related to poor housekeeping. For this reason, experts stress the importance of proper housekeeping procedures and tools. And, if an improved safety record isn’t enough incentive to get your facility into “white glove” condition, there’s also a strong correlation between proper housekeeping and product quality.   Spills and other dirty hazards “The buildup of spills, dust and other hazards will certainly become safety issues if the cleanup of process and other facility areas is not a high priority. Personnel will be injured and end product will start to suffer,” says Rick Morgando with Kafko International, Inc. (Skokie, Ill.; www.kafkointl.com), which manufactures Oil Eater-brand products.…
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