September 2020

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Inside the September 2020 Issue

 

 

Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention
ID Hazards, Remove or Make Them Visible


The simplest way to prevent slips, trips and falls in the workplace is to develop a risk management plan that identifies, assesses, controls and monitors safety hazards and risks.

The following safety bulletin from the Pulp and Paper Safety Association, together with risk, management tools will help you develop a risk management plan and record your assessments.

Identifying hazards is the first step to determine exactly where slips, trips and falls can or have occurred in your workplace.
You can find out this information by talking to workers and supervisors, inspecting the premises, and reviewing records such as incident and injury reports as well as workers’ compensation claims.

Another useful method is to sketch a layout of the work area and mark on it where slip and trip incidents or hazards have been reported.

Assess the risk
According to the PPSA, the next step is to assess the slip or trip risks. Usually it is a combination of factors that create the
risk. As part of your assessment you should also consider:

• How many people are exposed;
• The consequences of the slip or trip – a slip or trip with or without a fall can be more serious if it occurs near hot, sharp
or moving objects, or at a height, such as near stairs;
• How often the situation occurs.

Look at the assessed risks and decide what needs to be done to eliminate or reduce the risks and how quickly these measures need to be implemented. There are six types of control strategies to eliminate or reduce the risks and they are listed below in order of their effectiveness.

There are various factors that contribute to the risk of slips and trips. Slips usually occur when there is a loss of grip between the shoe and the floor. This commonly occurs when there is a contaminant between the shoe and the floor. Trips occur when a person’s foot hits a low obstacle in the person’s path, causing a loss of balance. Often, the obstacle is not easily visible or noticed.

The following factors can contribute to the risk of slips and trips. It is usually a combination of these factors that create
the risk of a slip or trip.

Floor Contaminants
Contaminants can be considered anything that ends up on a floor. Contaminants can be wet such as water, oil or grease, or dry such as dust, metal shavings, plastic bags or off-cuts. Preventing floor contaminants is one of the best things you can do to prevent slips.

Floor surfaces
Floor surfaces require sufficient grip to prevent slipping, especially in areas which may become wet or contaminated.
The greater the thickness or viscosity of the contaminants, the greater the slip resistance of the flooring required to protect
against slipping.

Cleaning
Cleaning affects every workplace and everyone in the workplace. Besides regular cleaning programs, everyone has a
role keeping the work area clear and taking responsibility for their own spills.

Floors need to be cleaned properly to ensure that:
• Contaminants are effectively removed;
• A buildup of cleaning product residue is avoided;
• The floor does not become too slippery;
• Floors maintain slip resistant properties (of non-slip flooring).

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