Time pressures mean most jobsites don’t get cleaned until the job is done. But taking time to clean your jobsite every day and investing in equipment to help you with that is one of the best investments you can make in your business.
A clean jobsite creates a good impression and helps keep customers happy. You spend less time looking for things when you are organized. A clean jobsite is also a safer jobsite and one where you’re less likely to fail inspections or damage fixtures and finishes. Cleaning your jobsite means it’s accessible and ready for trades which prevents costly delays. That’s right—taking time to tidy up will actually save you time and money in the long run.
Keeping the Dust Down
Filter the dust from your equipment into a vacuum bag or bucket. Routers, table saws and other equipment create debris. Some of this could be toxic or carcinogenic, so keeping your jobsite clear of dust not only creates a good impression, it also creates a healthier environment for your workers.
Remove Waste and Pack Tools Away
- Before you begin any job, dedicate areas for storing waste, metals and recycling. After each day, separate waste into the appropriate bins. Recycling as much as you can will save you money in landfill fees.
- Place bins for waste and recycling throughout the jobsite. This makes it easier for workers to sort waste. Empty bins regularly.
- Ensure that all tools are collected at the end of the day. That way, tools won’t get lost or damaged.
- It is essential that you remove tools and waste from walkways and stairwells through the day to prevent injury.
- Use chutes when transporting debris from height.
- Check that all products are properly sealed throughout the day to prevent spills, evaporation and dangerous chemicals from being inhaled.
- Clean equipment regularly and check for any issues. Properly cleaning your equipment will help it to last longer. Keeping your equipment in good working order makes it safer too.
Creating storage locations for all your products, tools and equipment means that you and your crew will know exactly where everything is and that improves safety and saves time.
Make sure that cleanup is everyone’s responsibility. Creating a culture of care will make cleaning a habit rather than extra work. Creating a safer work environment is in everyone’s best interests.