Storage and good housekeeping

Inappropriate storage of items or supplies can create tripping hazards and obstructions and increase the risk of fire. Storage space is at a premium within the School, so line managers and health and safety coordinators should ensure that the storage of articles in their departments/ divisions does not give rise to health and safety risks.

Articles must not be stored where they will block or restrict access to fire escape routes, or obstruct gangways. Cabinets, shelving, racks etc used for storage should be stable and where possible secured to the wall to prevent toppling. Items should not be kept on top of cabinets, or in other places where they can become dislodged and fall onto persons. Where articles are kept on shelving at above shoulder height, a suitable platform stepladder should be provided to allow safe access.