5 Practical Steps to Prevent Slips and Trips Accidents
If you are wondering if Summer is finally over and Autumn is upon us then this week’s wet weather should leave you in no doubt.
With relentless rain forecast for the next few days, our Health & Safety cogs have started turning at Prosafe HQ and we’ve been considering the extra hazards that this brings to the workplace.
The most obvious hazard caused by wet weather is one of our industry’s favourite subjects (if that’s the right word..?) - the increased risk of ‘Slips and Trips’.
There are many simple ways to control slips and trips and prevent accidents in your workplace all year round so we thought we’d take this opportunity to break them down into 5 simple categories for you to consider, with a few key examples.
1. Stop floors becoming contaminated
- Use entrance matting.
- Fix leaks from machinery or buildings.
- Make sure plant and equipment are maintained.
- Design tasks to minimise spillages.
- Plan pedestrian and vehicle routes to avoid contaminated areas.
2. Use the right cleaning methods
- Make sure that your cleaning method is effective for the type of floor you have.
- Don’t introduce more slip or trip risks while cleaning is being done.
- Leave smooth floors dry after cleaning or exclude pedestrians until the floor is dry.
- Remove spillages promptly.
- Have effective arrangements for both routine cleaning and dealing with spills.
- Use the appropriate detergent mixed at the correct concentration.
3. Consider the flooring and work environment
- Check for loose, damaged and worn flooring and replace as needed.
- Floors likely to get wet or have spillages on them should be of a type that does not become unduly slippery.
- Make sure lighting is sufficient and that slopes or steps are clearly visible.
- Keep walkways and work areas clear of obstructions.
4. Get the right footwear
- Where floors cannot be kept clean and dry, slip-resistant footwear can help prevent slip accidents.
- Trial footwear first to make sure it is suitable for the environment and for those who will be wearing it, ie comfort and fit.
- If footwear is supplied as personal protective equipment (PPE), it must be supplied free of charge to employees.
5. Think about people and organisational factors
- Consider how work is organised and managed, eg to avoid rushing, overcrowding, trailing cables.
- Make sure employees are involved in the decisions that affect them, eg choice of PPE footwear or a change in cleaning methods.
By considering these 5 categories, the risk of slips and trips is greatly reduced and the Health and Safety of you, your employees and your business has a brighter future, come rain or shine.