Working jobsites are busy places and they inevitably get messy quickly. However, keeping a clean jobsite is key to protecting your tools and equipment, for a professional finish, and helping to prevent accidents. In this post, we will look at why a clean and tidy workplace is important, and 5 jobsite products that help you keep a clean, safe site.
Why is it important to keep a clean job site?
Dirt and dust are a fact of life on a jobsite. Throw in
paint and the general junk that gets produced and it’s easy to see how jobsites
get messy so quickly. However, it is important to clean up daily and make try
to prevent mess getting out of hand. When you keep
things tidy, you protect workers from slips, falls, and unnecessary
exposure to potentially harmful particles. Keeping a clean jobsite prevents
accidents and demonstrates you take workplace safety seriously.
As well as protecting the safety of your workforce, keeping a clean jobsite also ensures that your equipment is protected from any extra strain. For example, you’ll spend less time straining paint or fixing clogged up sprayers if you try to keep dust under control.
How to prevent jobsite mess
Keeping a tidy jobsite saves you time, effort, and money. Here, we outline 5 tips and products to help protect you against mess building up on your jobsite.
Whenever we try to take a
short-cut we take a risk. From paint splatter to oil spills, failing to protect
surfaces in advance can soon lead to a spill that is hard to clean up. With
heavy footfall necessary on many jobsites, it can also be helpful to protect
surfaces from wear and tear, dust, and dirt. Surfaces like hardwood, slate, and
tiles, can also be trip hazards. Therefore, protecting surfaces can also help
to prevent accidents.
No matter what surface you are
seeking to protect, there will be a surface protector out
there designed for it:
- Hard surface films: great for
counters, windows, and carpets.
ideal for wood and stone flooring and protecting against spills and
covering: ideal for quick slip and spill protection that can be easily
drop cloths: ideal for painting or outdoor projects and an affordable
Contain the dust
Dust is inevitable but there are
a variety of ways you can seek to contain it. Taking the time to prevent it
from spreading will help stop unwanted mistakes and damage to your tools and
equipment. You’ll also ensure the quality of the air your staff are working in
is safer. If you are working somewhere with the customer on-site, they will
also notice and appreciate efforts to keep dust transfer to a minimum.
A dust containment system can be
used to prevent dust transfer. This is great when working on tasks that produce
a lot of dust, such as sanding or stonework. Dust containment systems can be
large or small and are made with a set of poles attached to a dust barrier.
They can also be fitted with pop up doors that help to prevent dust from
escaping around entry points.
Plastic masking plastics can be
an affordable way to protect surfaces from dust, paint, and dirt. They are a
quick and easy way to protect things like cabinets, countertops, and windows.
masking: Easy to set up, will cling to any material and attracts things
like overspray and other spills. Can also be used for straight-line finishes.
sheeting: Roll out plastic film that can stick to almost any
surface. Protect walls and floors from
overspray and prevents the spread of dust and dirt from sanding and remodeling
plastic: Helps to prevent bleed-through compared with masking tape and
ensure straight-line finishes.
Larger jobs come with heavier
footfall. This increases the chances of a dirty site in places you don’t want.
An effective tracking prevention system ensures floors are protected and a
trail of footsteps doesn’t get left on the job. Choose from:
covers: disposable shoe covers with slip protection can be easily
slipped over boots on entry to specific areas, helping to prevent dust and dirt
trappers: These can be placed before entry to certain areas and use
sticky sheets to remove layers of dirt from shoes. Can also be used on wheels
and is a good choice for entry/exit ways to a site.
The good old fashioned rag
Never start a job without a good old fashioned rag to hand. No matter how careful you are with preventative measures, accidents can still happen. Choose from specialist rags to trap dust or rags with high absorption for paint spills.
Even with the best of intentions, spills will happen.
However, with a selection of these tips and products you can help to reduce
risk and keep a safer and cleaner jobsite.