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Housekeeping

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[♫♪ Music ♪♫] Housekeeping If someone were to walk into your home, what would it look like? Would it be neat and tidy with everything in its place? Or would it be messy and unorganized? Or maybe somewhere in between? No matter your habits, remember that while on board, we live and work in the same environment. This means we must keep high standards for organization and cleanliness. Bad housekeeping is not just poor seamanship, it is also a safety risk. An overloaded shelf, a hose lying on the ground, oil spilled on the engine room floor, all of these are examples of bad housekeeping and pose a serious risk to seafarers. In this program, we will learn the definition of housekeeping, benefits of good housekeeping, how to establish a housekeeping program, how to maintain clear walkways and working surfaces, how to keep the galley safe and clean, how to maintain crew quarters, how to remove dust and dirt from equipment, and how to dispose of hazardous waste. Definition of Housekeeping Housekeeping is essential not only to maintaining a clean workplace, but also to a safe work environment. Make it a priority to clean up before and after work. Arrange tools, equipment, and supplies in an orderly fashion. Look at the ground and ensure that there is no grease or oil spillage that could cause someone to slip. Maintain clear walkways and exits. Monitor dust build-up on equipment regularly. Take the time to ensure the environment is safe and you may save another seafarer from injury or worse. When you ignore housekeeping, the following can happen: Slips from slick floors, trips and falls over lines and cords, illness from chemicals, equipment damage, and fire.. Before you start any work or leave from a shift, check your surroundings and pick up any tools. Think, "Could this be a safety hazard?" Benefits of good housekeeping A vessel operates better when it's organized, uncluttered, and hazard free. Although it seems like an inconvenience, housekeeping has many benefits that affect all seafarers. Here are a few of those benefits: improved worker safety, improved worker health, increased worker satisfaction, reduction of illness and injuries, and better appearance during audits, vetting and port state inspections. Good housekeeping reduces the amount of slips, trips, and falls over tools and equipment and improves seafarers overall health. A safe work environment promotes higher work morale and a positive outlook for everyone. A healthy seafarer means a productive seafarer which means you will be able to return home in good shape following a work tour. Establishing a housekeeping program An easy way to organize who does what is to establish a housekeeping program. Refer to your company's written housekeeping plan or program which will include the following: worker training, routine maintenance and schedules, and worker assignments and responsibilities. Worker training is meant to train seafarers on PPE and refresh everyone on safe housekeeping practices. Training must cover general housekeeping procedures, safe work practices, and how to report hazards. These topics will cover cleaning of all trash at the end of shift or workday and clearing walkways of trash and liquid waste. Report any hazards you find to your immediate supervisor and follow corrective procedures. Schedule regular safety and training meetings to ensure all seafarers are up to date on housekeeping procedures and practices. Safety meetings help seafarers identify potential housekeeping hazards and provide detailed steps to fixing and preventing them. Perform scheduled maintenance on equipment and perform housekeeping in storage areas, kitchens, and bathrooms. Now let's review how to practice good housekeeping in the different areas of your vessel. Walkways and working surfaces 20% of non-fatal injuries on ships are consistently the result of slips, trips, and falls, or STFs. Consider the following scenario. It's the end of your shift and you're tired. So instead of properly cleaning your area, you simply move your tools out of the way. Because you are in a hurry to rest, you leave your tools on the floor. Later on, a fellow crew member is walking by, trips over the tools and gets injured which takes him out of work for weeks. Situations like these are easily avoidable by simply cleaning up and putting tools in the proper storage area. If you encounter extension cords, standing water, oil, grease, or any other waste, you are responsible for removing it. Do not leave housekeeping for another crew member to do.

If you are unable to remove a slippery condition from a walkway, block off the area until it's safe. If the spilled substance is potentially hazardous, find a supervisor or consult your company's safety data sheet, or SDS, before cleaning it. Make sure all exits remain clear of any debris in case of a fire. Just by taking the time to remove hazards from walkways and work areas, you are ensuring the vessel remains safe for everyone. The galley The threat of a fire is especially high in the galley, and extra caution must be taken. There are many flammable objects such as food, oils, and supply boxes that must be monitored at all times. Avoid bringing flammable objects around the kitchen, especially anywhere near the stoves. When you finish cooking, turn off all equipment. Wear the proper attire in the galley. Do not wear open toed slippers or sandals. If you spill something, clean it up right away to avoid slips. Maintain an organized storage area where boxes and utensils are in their proper places. Even when cooking, you should be cautious. Steam can limit your visibility and cause burns if you are not careful. Beware of knives hiding in soapy water as they can cut an unsuspecting victim. Crew quarters Crew quarters are meant to be a space for seafarers to rest and relax when off duty. This is your space and you should take pride in it. Maintain a clean room by organizing your belongings and putting your clothes away. Make your best every day and sweep and mop regularly. Do not leave food out as it attracts rodents or insects. If you clean up after yourself on a regular basis, keeping your quarters clean will be easy. Dust and dirt removal Dust is very common on vessels. It is a byproduct of sandblasting activities such as cutting and grinding. Dust can accumulate over time and settle on equipment. Although it may seem insignificant, dust is a fire hazard. Flash fires occur from dust in the atmosphere that ignites. To prevent this from happening, check equipment and systems for dust and leaks, clean horizontal surfaces, floors, the deck and equipment regularly. Do not use a compressed air or steam duster for dusting surfaces. You also need to clean inside the duct work to prevent fires. The laundry area should not be overlooked. Lint is very flammable and must be cleaned out on a regular basis. Hazardous waste Handle hazardous materials carefully when throwing them out. It's important that you dispose of these materials within a safe and approved method. Prevent spontaneous combustion by storing oily rags in a metal container. Don't mix chemicals. It can lead to the release of toxic fumes that can be deadly. Store chemicals in a dedicated storage area, such as a chemical locker. Learn the locations of gas and chemical cylinders. Oxygen or oxidation gases must be kept 20 feet from cylinders that contain fuel gases or have a firewall that separates them. When you clean any spilled chemicals, wear the proper PPE and decontaminate the surface quickly. In this program, we learned: the definition of housekeeping, benefits of good housekeeping, how to establish a housekeeping program, how to maintain clear walkways and working surfaces, how to keep the galley safe and clean, how to maintain clean crew quarters, how to remove dust and dirt from equipment, and how to dispose of hazardous waste. Maintaining a clean environment is everyone's responsibility. Practice good housekeeping habits everyday to reduce injuries and illness and to promote a positive environment. You would not want to have to clean up after your shipmates so don't ask them to clean up after you.

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Duration: 10 minutes and 12 seconds
Country: Andorra
Language: English
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Posted by: maritimetraining on Jul 18, 2017

Housekeeping

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