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.
- Protect surfaces
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.
- Floorshell: ideal for wood and stone flooring and protecting against spills and impact damage.
- Portable covering: ideal for quick slip and spill protection that can be easily repositioned.
- Canvas drop cloths: ideal for painting or outdoor projects and an affordable option.
- 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.
- Masking plastics
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. Choose from:
- Pre-taped 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.
- Self-adhering 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 jobs.
- Masking plastic: Helps to prevent bleed-through compared with masking tape and ensure straight-line finishes.
- Tracking prevention
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:
- Shoe covers: disposable shoe covers with slip protection can be easily slipped over boots on entry to specific areas, helping to prevent dust and dirt spread.
- 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.