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    The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    Hello.

    The sentence reads as follows:

    Housekeeping inspection to ensure that decks and walkways and scaffolding are clear of obstructions such as spilt liquids, scrap material, cables and hoses.

    To my way of thinking, "housekeeping inspection" means "inspection in terms of cleanness and tidiness" while "are clear of obstructions" means the same as "are without obstructions" or "at some distance from obstructions".

    Do you agree?

    Thank you.

    P.S.

    The sentence comes from "Ship repair yard safe working conditions".

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    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    It's not a sentence. In any case, no, what you say can't be right. The housekeeping inspection is for the purpose of making sure that there are no obstructions. You can't redefine it to mean something else.

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    #3

    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    "Housekeeping" means something different in an industrial space than at home, in a hotel, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    Sorry. That is the 1st time I have heard of it. What about my second question?

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    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    As far as the housekeeping is concerned, does it refer to checking something for obstacles or cleaning / maintaining something?

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    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    As far as the housekeeping is concerned, does it refer to checking something for obstacles or cleaning / maintaining something?
    The original sentence tells you: to ensure that decks and walkways and scaffolding are clear of obstructions such as spilt liquids, scrap material, cables and hoses.


    Housekeeping involves checking decks and walkways are clear of obstructions. If obstructions are found, they are presumably to be cleared/cleaned away.

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    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    If I do an X inspection to check for Y, then in that sentence, X inspection means checking for Y.

    Housekeeping is also what lecturers do when they're telling you about timetables, assignment details, room changes, etc. - stuff not related to the lecture, but to meta-subject details.

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    Re: The meaning of "housekeeping inspection" and "are clear of obstructions"

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    As far as the housekeeping is concerned, does it refer to checking something for obstacles or cleaning / maintaining something?
    General housekeeping at work, in this context, overlaps with the concept of health and safety at work. Checking for hazards and removing them, is one of the routine tasks to be carried out ensuring that the workplace is kept safe for everyone.

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