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Started Oct 01 2012, 18:49

Oct 01 2012, 18:49
The guide provides practical advice for controlling the risk of injury from slips, trips and falls in the workplace.

The guide addresses:

    legal requirements
    incidence of slips, trips and falls in the workplace
    risk management techniques
    control measures.

Control measures covered include:

    design considerations
    flooring and lighting
    weather, spills and drainage
    machinery and equipment
    external environment and vegetation
    staff training and footwear
    signage.

The guide also contains a sample checklist covering many of the common control measures as well as a sample risk assessment and control plan.



Oct 01 2012, 18:56
Injuries can also result in from trips caused by obstacles, clutter, materials and equipment in aisles, corridors, entranceways and stairwells. Proper housekeeping in work and traffic areas is still the most effective control measure in avoiding the proliferation of these types of hazards. This means having policies or procedures in place and allowing time for cleaning the area, especially where scrap material or waste is a by-product of the work operation.

    Keep all work areas, passageways, storerooms and service areas clean and orderly.
    Avoid stringing cords, cables or air hoses across hallways or in any designated aisle.
    In office areas, avoid leaving boxes, files or briefcases in the aisles.
    Encourage safe work practices such as closing file cabinet drawers after use and picking up loose items from the floor.
    Conduct periodic inspections for slip and trip hazards.



Oct 01 2012, 18:58
The shoes we wear can play a big part in preventing falls. The slickness of the soles and the type of heels worn need to be evaluated to avoid slips, trips and falls. Shoelaces need to be tied correctly. Whenever a fall-related injury is investigated, the footwear needs to be evaluated to see if it contributed to the incident. Employees are expected to wear footwear appropriate for the duties of their work task.




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