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When it comes to health issues, maintenance is the term that refers to the work that is necessary for keeping the building, equipment, and machinery in working order and safe to use. It also refers to the upkeep of all of the sanitary and welfare facilities, the cleaning, sanding, and painting of all walls, ceilings, and fixtures. Flooring is also kept in good repair.
On the other hand, good housekeeping to avoid health issues is regular daily cleanliness efforts. This includes tidiness, and good order of all of the different items in the workspace environment.
Maintenance and housekeeping are wholly dependent upon one another to effectively prevent health issues. For example, a tattered carpet is hard to keep clean, and the work environment is hard to keep dry if there is a leaky roof. Similarly, by making a habit of good housekeeping, maintenance will be much easier and faster.
Other serious health issues in the workplace can include trapped workers in the case of fire. This is entirely possible if exit doors are blocked or don't open quickly. It is also the case if staircases to the outside are damaged or blocked in some way. Electrical fires and electrocutions become a health issue when damaged electrical equipment remains un-repaired, such as with earthing arrangements, flexes, plugs, and worn wires. Lack of maintenance is the number one cause of failure in lifting equipment, and explosions in pressure vessels.
By using common sense and keeping work areas clean and in good working order, the majority of all health issues can be prevented before they ever have the chance to occur.