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Reminders for Minimizing Slips and Trips in the Workplace

Workplace

Workplace in SingaporeIt’s not only painful but a lot of hassle when someone slips, trips or worse falls while in the workplace. Such accidents result in injury, which means time away from work and inability to earn during the course of recovery. It is possible to prevent these incidents to make the workplace safe and healthy.

Common Causes

Although there are instances when a person is primarily at fault for slipping, tripping or falling, there are work hazards that may lead to them happening. It is the employer’s responsibility to make clear what these areas or processes and make sure everyone is aware such as by giving out 5S solutions booklets or brochures.

Slips and trips (when traction is lost between shoe and surface) are mainly caused by slippery surfaces, either wet or greasy floors, polished floors, or dry flooring but with powder or dust; uneven surfaces or changes in levels or slopes; loose tiles, flooring or carpets; electrical cords or cables, clutter, open cabinets, shoes with wet or greasy soles, lack of guardrails, equipment that is not maintained such as ladders; and footwear not suitable for the environment.

Weather conditions, especially snow and rain, also contribute to make workplaces hazardous.

Housekeeping habits

A safe environment results from a good housekeeping routine. If housekeeping is organized and regular, there will be fewer incidents that could cause injury to employees. If the place is clean, with everything in its proper place, the risk is reduced. Cleaning up after every procedure or at the end of the day is a big step towards preventing slips, trips and falls.

Involve everyone in housekeeping duties so each becomes responsible for the workplace and will be encouraged to keep things in order and avoid accidents.

Clear the area

Obstacles in walkways and passageways increase the risk of bumping into things, tripping or knocking things that could cause spills hazardous to workers. Stairways are especially dangerous because injuries may be worse. Clear these areas and aisles of cables, cords, boxes, bags or briefcases to make it easier to pass through them safely.

It takes concerted effort from everyone in the workplace to prevent accidents and injuries from happening. The more aware everyone is of the hazards, the more likely they will take care.

A Safe Workplace Equals a More Productive Workplace: Why Risk Assessment Matters

Safe Workplace

Safe WorkplaceAs an integral part of your business’ safety and health management protocols, you should control or at least minimise potential risks in the workplace. You must assess factors that may put your workforce at risk and then see if you’re taking the necessary steps to prevent them.

What is Risk Assessment?

By law, you must constantly implement risk assessment procedures. It is the identification of practical measures you can take for controlling workplace-related risks. While you’re most probably already implementing similar measures to safeguard your workforce, risk assessment can aid you in deciding whether you really have everything covered or not. Pay close attention to how ill health or accidents can occur and focus on the real risks, which are those that have a higher chance of happening and may result in more harm.

Take, for example, the Take 5 Risk Assessment protocol. Done right, bsprint.com.au says, will make certain that every work activity are given a proper, final inspection to determine and control potential risks that may have been overlooked before beginning the activity. It is crucial however that you only utilise Take 5 risk assessment for complementing your personal risk assessment procedures, and not as a replacement for your more extensive assessments.

Assessing Workplace Risks

First off, you must identify all potential hazards and then decide how these can harm people and which people will be most likely harmed. Next, you should assess all risks and precautionary measures. You should then record all-important findings and review and update your risk assessment findings regularly.

During risk assessment, you must keep in mind that a hazard is something that can potentially cause harm — electricity, chemicals, and working from extreme heights, among others. While a risk is a possibility that someone can be harmed by hazards, along with the indication of how severe a harmful incident can be.

Proper risks assessment will aid in you in determining which particular risks require more detailed precautionary measures. These more specific precautionary measures don’t have to be separately evaluated, but may be considered an extension or part of the overall formal risk assessment.