Good housekeeping is a necessity.
An overcrowded, unorganized storeroom may be hiding any number of safety and health risks. For example, an improperly stored broom or mop may cause someone to trip.
Keep one side of storerooms open at all times and be sure that sharp corners and protruding nails that could cause cuts or abrasions are removed.
Improperly stored chemicals can cause serious injuries, even property damage. A poorly organized storeroom may also hide supplies and equipment from you when you need them the most, which may result in duplicate purchases, wasting precious financial resources, not to mention your valuable time.
THIS IS EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY. Items improperly stored overhead can fall and cause injuries in the event of one of our famous "shakers." This increases the risk of injury to yourself or others while in your storeroom.
Always store heavier items on shelves located between knees and chest height. Put only the lightest items above shoulder height or below the level of the knees.
This will also save wear and tear on your back, certainly making your job easier and life more enjoyable in the long run.
ELECTRICAL AND WATER HEATER ROOMS ARE NOT STOREROOMS.
Rooms with electric transformers, panels and distribution hubs are not storerooms.
If they must be used for storage, then you must provide a clear access to the panels and/or machinery with a minimum of three feet (36") at all times.
Liquids must never be stored in electrical rooms. The floors in electrical rooms must be dry; clean up any spills in these areas immediately.
Remember, a water heater can be a source of ignition. NEVER STORE FLAMMABLE MATERIALS OR GAS POWERED TOOLS IN WATER HEATER OR ELECTRICAL CLOSETS.
Almost everyone works with hazardous substances. Read labels on all cleaning supplies and office chemical products. Understand their inherent dangers and how to protect yourself and others.
Just because there may be no obvious immediate (acute) physical or health hazards associated with a product or substance does not make it completely harmless.
FOLLOW DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY when using chemical supplies.
NEVER MIX CHEMICAL SUPPLIES TOGETHER. Some seemingly safe chemical ingredients may become dangerous to your health if mixed together.
Many substances we commonly use may also have long-term (chronic) health hazards. If you are not sure about any aspect of a product's use or application, check with your supervisor and request the product's Material Safety Data Sheet or MSDS. STAY HEALTHY, BE SAFE.
STORE FLAMMABLE MATERIALS IN A PROPERLY VENTED, FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS CABINET AWAY FROM HEAT AND FLAME SOURCES.
Never use any substance from an unmarked container. ALL CHEMICAL CONTAINERS MUST BE PROPERLY LABELED; this includes both original manufacturer's containers and any "SECONDARY CONTAINERS" with hazardous substances. At the minimum all containers must indicate the product's name and any hazard associated with its use.
STORE CHEMICAL PRODUCTS ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE CONTAINER LABELS AND/OR ON THE MATERIAL DATA SAFETY SHEETS (MSDS).