Slips, Trips, and Falls Module 2. Ways to prevent slips, trips, and falls:. Designing the workplace and work processes Good housekeeping; maintaining clear pathways Safe walking practices Wearing proper footwear Falling “properly”.
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Note: This “Slips, Trips, and Falls” module mainly cover falls caused by slips and trips and fallsat the same level.
Module Two will Cover:
Sander with dust collection system
Have adequate ventilation to keep oil, steam condensation, water and grease off floor.
Provide adequate lighting to keep work areas, aisles, and paths of travel well lit.
Mark/highlight step edges and transition areas (changes in elevations). Use anti-skid paint.
Step edges are highlighted for better visibility to prevent a misstep and fall down the stairs.
Confusing the bottom step with the floor is a common occurrence when it’s not marked. No missing the last step here.
Make sure stairs have sufficient lighting and hand rails.
Provide effective floor draining where water on the floor will occur
Install slip-resistant floors in high risk areas (entrances, kitchens).
Apply slip-resistant coating or strips.
Skid-resistant coating on ramp. Note highlighted edges for better visibility to prevent walking off ramp and falling.
Slip-resistant strips on steps
Use slip-/skid- resistant matting
Skid-resistant, anti-fatigue mats in kitchen and food preparation areas. Worker is also wearing slip-resistant shoes.
Highlight or mark slip and trip hazards for better visibility.
Wheelchair accessible curb leading to building entrance is highlighted and the surface is dimpled for better visibility and traction.
Pathway is clearly marked and free of obstructions.
Organized and tidy work space
Floor/Work Surface Care
Note: When mopping, avoid spreading the spillage and thus increasing the area of contamination.
Clean surfaces according to recommended schedules. Follow cleaning and drying methods and procedures, using appropriate cleaning products.
Use an adequate number of highly visible wet floor signs or cones.
Remove signs and cones when area is dry.
If you must walk on a slippery or wet surface, do the following:
Mounting/Dismounting Equipment Safely
Follow the same procedures for mounting and dismounting equipment as for climbing and descending ladders.
Wearing proper shoes can help prevent or reduce the risk of a slip, trip, and fall incident.
Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles or traction devices when walking or working on surfaces that are wet, greasy, icy, or other-wise slick (e.g., in kitchen areas, performing custodial work).
No footwear has anti-slip properties for every condition so make sure that the proper type of footwear is selected for the work conditions and for the type of flooring or walking/working surface.
Slip-resistant traction devices for snow and ice that fit over the soles
Steel-toed safety boots with oil-resistant soles
The table below shows some types of soles with increased traction properties.
Consult with footwear manufacturers or your safety supplier for advice and assistance in selecting the appropriate type of footwear for your work place.
Wearing shoes with increased traction does not substitute for safe walking practices!
If you do fall, you can reduce the chance of serious injury if you:
National Floor Safety Institute http://www.nfsi.org/
OSHA – slips/trips/falls in hospitals
State of Texas – slips, trips, and falls
National Ag Safety Database – Preventing injuries from slips, trips and falls
National Safety Council – Checklist for recognizing slip, trip and fall hazards