Slips and falls account for over a third of all major work-related injuries.
They are therefore the most common cause of injuries in the workplace. This is according to research done by the Health and Safety Executive.
Employers are set back a considerable over half a billion pounds annually in lost productions as well as other costs as a result of slips and trips while contributing to a reported half of all reported injuries to members of the public.
The legal costs employers have to foot as a result of these workplace injuries could prove to be quite significant considering employees, visitors, contractors and members of the public are all at risk
The main causes of slips, trips and falls are:
This includes the moral duty of employers to ensure protection for their employees as well as members of the public. General health and safety legislation covers all employers and workplaces
The workplace regulations 1992. These regulations cover all aspects of the workplace, including a requirement that floors are suitable in good condition and free from obstructions. People must also be able to move around the workplace safely.
For risk minimisation measures, these methods are recommended:
Rails and add tread markers or other floor markings.
If there is poor lighting, improve lighting levels and placement of lighting to provide a more even lighting level all over the floor areas.
Industry Workers choose suitable footwear with the correct type of soul. If the work requires special protective footwear, the employer should provide it free of charge.
Ensure to strategically place equipment to avoid cables crossing pedestrian routes, and use cable guards to cover cables where required.
Drying of surfaces
Ensure suitable footwear is worn and worn or risks by using signs
Rugs or Mats
Place rugs or mats where they cannot be removed or relocated
Slippery floor surfaces
Fix the source of the slippery floor and maintain it that way including entirely replacing the floor patch that is slippery
Changes in level and slopes
This can be done by providing effective markings like floor markings and rails for enhanced visibility and manoeuvrability.
Reduce live wire exposure
Basic electrical safety
We have gone through potential hazards and injuries related to slips, trips and falls, and how to effectively avoid possible injuries or harm. We have as well taken a look at electrical hazards and how to keep safe from possible electrification
Here we will discuss:
The RR(regulatory reform) fire safety order of 2005
A responsible person should comply with the RR
Employers Responsibility concerning fire
An employer ought to:
An employee ought not to:
Fire is made up of three essential element
Fire can spread in a building or an area through four ways which are, direct burning, radiation, convection and conduction.
Smoke results from incomplete burning. It is visible as a cloud of very fine particles. Once the oxygen gets depleted in a bounded area, the fire starts to produce massive, dangerous unburned fuel products and carbon monoxide. Most of the people in a fire outbreak die due to inhaling carbon monoxide.
In most NHS trusts, fire alarms tones can be intermittent or continuous
An intermittent sound means there is a possible evacuation
A continuous tone notifies people to evacuate with immediate effect
The fire alarms ought to be assessed weekly
You have to be well-versed with all the safety procedures and policies laid down by your organisation. For example, when it comes to responding to a fire outbreak, you should quickly call the fire brigade. Several organisations will expect you to call a specific number. For instance, you will have to call 9999, in case of an emergency like a fire. Other organisations direct all emergency calls to a particular emergency phone. The emergency call numbers they use are 44444 or 2222.
A reliable care plan should be used to evacuate physically impaired patients. For example, the horizontal evacuation procedure, which involves evacuating patients through a compartment barrier to another compartment. A vertical evacuation procedure should only be considered as a last resort.
You have to familiarise yourself with the firefighting equipment in your organisation. Besides, know where the fire assembly point is located.
We have already discussed the fire safety principles, potential causes of fire, fire prevention measures, firefighting equipment, evacuation procedures, and how to raise fire alarms.