Every business owner should have health and safety as a key concern in their mind. You are, after all, responsible for the safety of your employees, and liable for most accidents and injuries that might happen in the workplace. The reason you should be taking slips, trips, and falls seriously is that they are the leading cause of all workplace injuries, accounting for over a third of all of them. So, what measures can you take to prevent them?
Keeping a clean house
Regular and thorough housekeeping practices in the workplace are crucial to make sure that the workplace is not left messy. Spills and general messes are a lot more likely to result in accidents. As such, you should make sure it’s a policy that spills are cleaned up immediately, and consider working with a commercial cleaning team that can help you stay on top of the workplace’s need for cleanliness, in general.
Don’t let clutter take over
Keeping mess to a minimum, in general, is an important part of preventing slips, trips, and falls in the workplace. However, a specifically important part of that is making sure that there are no objects in places that are considered walkways. Using markets as shown at this link can help you mark off designated walkways in areas like warehouses to stop people from placing objects and leaving behind clutter that others can trip over. In the office, consider a policy that says that employees cannot leave any items outside of their own desk space.
Visibility is key
Tripping and slipping hazards, be it clutter, spills, changes in floor height, and so on, can be much better handled by employees when they are more visible. The floor markers mentioned above are a good example of how important visibility is. But it’s equally as important to make sure that workers can see their whole environment, and the lights shown at this link here can help with precisely that. While it’s important to get rid of as many tripping hazards as possible, allowing employees to see them when they do happen can protect them.
Manage your environment
There are some slipping and tripping hazards that are not strictly the fault of those maintaining the workplace, but still happen naturally and need you to take care of them. Tree debris, such as branches and leaves, are a good example of this, as is the frost and ice that can occur in winter. Effective management of the workplace’s exterior is just as crucial as anything in the office.
Invest in good footwear
Sometimes, slips, trips, and falls can be prevented if members of your team are wearing proper shoes that are equipped to deal with the environment that they are in. This is especially true if they are outdoors; they should be wearing work boots as shown at this site. With the tips above, you can address the greatest slip, trip, and fall risks in your own workplace. Tackle the most common cause of workplace injuries and you’re likely to se