Ensuring that a construction site stays clean means that you are ensuring the safety of everyone that enters the construction area, as well as everyone that works on the site. Any debris that is left lying around could be a potential threat to someone's safety and thus it is important that it should be cleared away as soon as possible. If the construction works with toxic materials and chemicals it is crucial that they should be disposed of properly. Not only would it be ethically wrong not to do it, but in many cases it could be illegal. If they are not disposed of properly they will become a threat to others and the environment.
A construction site that is not clean and properly organized inhibits productivity. With random debris scattered around, workers will become confused and start searching for tools and materials in the wrong places. If a disorganised construction site causes injury to one of the workers it impacts productivity even more since that worker will no longer be a part of the workforce.
A disorganised construction zone will also have a negative impact on your reputation. Debris and other materials lying around, causing injury to others and affecting your productivity will all create the image of inefficiency and laziness. If you're able to show others that you can maintain an organized workplace and that you care about the safety of others and the environment, they will be more likely to put their trust in you and find your work credible.
How to properly clean up construction zones
There are many companies that offer construction site cleanup, but if you would like to do it yourself here are a few basic tips:
- Dust will build up everywhere during construction. Clean up dust using the following methods:
- It is important to wear masks during construction to avoid the dust entering your lungs.
- If the construction took place in a house, make sure to clean any air filters such as your home's heating and air conditioning as these filters will have trapped dust.
- Remove dust on walls by using a small wet towel and wrapping it around the base of the broom. Swipe it across the walls. Rinse the cloth frequently to prevent dust from staying behind.
- Vacuum any carpets and furniture.
- Move large debris using trash cans or a larger container such as a dumpster if necessary. Many companies rent dumpsters to construction sites so finding one should be easy.
- Check all the nooks and crannies to make sure no dust or other residue stays behind.
- Check to make sure that there isn't any extra paint that needs to be removed.
- If the construction area has interior masonry, make sure it is cleaned properly.
- Clean any and all appliances that are present on the construction site.
- Dispose of all trash and do a final check of the construction site to make sure it is properly cleaned.