Despite the inherently untidy nature of construction and renovation jobs, a good contractor knows that keeping the job site clean is a priority. A construction site that lacks organization and regular clean up can not only look like a mess, but it can also be dangerous for workers and anyone else around the site. Making sure that a site is as clean as possible can make post-construction cleanup faster and prevent worker injuries.
- Clean up regularly– Cleaning up on a regular basis as you go along is the best way to ensure that your construction site is both clean and safe. Because of the nature of construction, things are going to get messy. However, taking a few minutes to clean up after one task before moving on to another means less cleanup at the end and the job site is more likely to be safe.
- Make safety a priority– If keeping a site clean and free of harmful materials is neglected, it can quickly become a dangerous area to work in. It isn’t safe to have nails, sharp tools, and hazardous debris just laying around, so it is important to take care of those things as you go. Each employee should know what their job is when it comes to cleanup time. It usually helps to have each employee clean up after themselves when they’ve completed a task in addition to having a specific employee on the site in charge of general cleanup that does not fall under the other employees’ scope.
- Cover furnishings and floors-If the construction site is inside a building, like an office or home, covering furniture and floors can prevent most renovation mishaps. For example, using our Steelcoat® Painter’s Plastic and Plastic Sheeting to cover surfaces like floors and furnishings can prevent paint and dust from getting onto them during the renovation. Plus, it will increase overall job satisfaction and make you look more professional.
- Have multiple, clearly labeled waste disposal areas-If the job site is small, like a one room renovation, then having several clearly marked containers for waste would be sufficient. If the job site is much larger than that though, making sure that you have multiple, clearly labeled waste disposal containers and disposal areas all over the construction site is an important step in keeping the job site clean. It should be easy for employees to know where to put the recycling, the trash, the scrap material, etc. and they should not have to walk all the way across the job site to dispose of the waste from their tasks. Convenience and simplicity are key when it comes to keeping waste taken care of at job sites.
- Hire a reputable contractor -If you aren’t the contractor and instead are the one hiring the contractor, make sure you hire a responsible and professional one. Any good contractor will know and understand how important a clean job site is. It is generally good advice to research your contractors and shop around a little so you can pick the best one for your job.
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