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Slips & Trips in the Office - Safety Talk

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Slip, trips and falls are the most common cause of major injuries in workplaces and account for over half
of all reported injuries to members of the public.

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Slips & Trips in the Office - Safety Talk

  1. 1. Slips & Trips in the Office Page 1 of 8 © PA Services Group - SMARTsafe 2013 Document Number: ST167 Revision 2013 1.0 Slips & Trips in the Office SAFETY AWARENESS KEPT SIMPLE SMARTsafe Safety Talks – ST167 This pack contains: • 5 - Page Talk Text • 6 - OHP Presentation Slide Pack Using the talks (Extract “How to Present Safety Talks”): Plan which topic you want to discuss with your team. Read through the script before you hold the meeting to familiarise yourself with the material. Start the talk with a comment that makes the topic relevant to the team. For example, if you have seen a number of people using ladders incorrectly, use this as your opening comment. Follow the script but don’t read straight from the page. The script is only a prompt and it will sound better if you use your own words. Ask the questions as they appear in the script. It is important you do this because they are a lead in to the next section of your talk. Give the team enough time to answer the questions. Safety talks can be boring for the team if you are the only one talking. Hand out the information sheets as they appear in the script. Don’t hand out all the information sheets at the start of the talk otherwise there is a temptation for the team to read ahead and not listen to the points you are making. Collect the information sheets at the end of the talk so they can be used again. Safety Talk Mini - Delivery Pack To obtain your full Safety Talk Delivery Pack go to: www.smartsafe.com.au The full Safety Talk pack contains MS Office Editable documents : • 5 - Page Talk Text • 6 - OHP Presentation Slide Pack • 12 - A5 talk Handout Sheets • Assessment and Assessment Answers Sheet • Employee Attendance Register • A “How to Present Safety Talks Guide”
  2. 2. Slips & Trips in the Office Page 4 of 8 © PA Services Group - SMARTsafe 2013 Document Number: ST167 Revision 2013 1.0 CAUSES OF SLIP, TRIP AND FALL ACCIDENTS “What are some of the common causes of slip and trip injuries?” Hand out sheet 2 – The main causes of slips and trips in the office The main causes of slip and trip accidents are: dry and wet spills on floors; loose flooring materials (e.g. loose or torn carpets); smooth or slippery surfaces (e.g. polished floors); materials stacked in hallways and access ways; filing cabinet drawers left open; raised door ledges and change of floor levels; poor or contrasting levels of lighting; obstructed vision (e.g. doors between offices, kitchens and toilets); condition or type of shoes worn; and trailing electrical cables. Hand out sheet 3 – The main causes of falls in the office Most falls occur because of: incorrect use of ladders; faulty or damaged ladders and portable steps; using chairs as steps; unmarked step or stair edges; and lack of handrails on stairs. Slips, trips and falls in the office environment are common, but usually result in minor injury or damage. A lot of people are reluctant to report such accidents because of personal embarrassment. If you don’t report these events then someone else, maybe a client, could suffer an injury. Remember, you have a Duty of Care for other peoples’ safety as well as your own. This document is a partial preview. Full document download can be found on Flevy: http://flevy.com/browse/document/slips-and-trips-in-the-office-safety-talk-528
  3. 3. Slips & Trips in the Office Page 7 of 8 © PA Services Group - SMARTsafe 2013 Document Number: ST167 Revision 2013 1.0 SUMMARY We have discussed how and why slip, trip and fall accidents are caused and the injuries that can result from them. There should be no doubt that we all have a responsibility to maintain our work environment at the highest possible standard. That means housekeeping should be a priority in our work routine. There may be items you can’t remove or relocate safely. Report these issues to your supervisor immediately. Most slip, trip and fall hazards are related to the maintenance of equipment and materials. It is vital that you report damage and faults, no matter how minor the fault may seem. Think to yourself, “could a person slip, trip or fall because of that? Should I mark, sign or barricade the hazard?” If the answer is “yes”, then do something about it immediately. Always report the hazard, and the action you have taken, to your supervisor. Remember, an unsafe office environment doesn’t just affect you, it also affects your clients and visitors. Don’t be blinded by complacency. This document is a partial preview. Full document download can be found on Flevy: http://flevy.com/browse/document/slips-and-trips-in-the-office-safety-talk-528
  4. 4. Slips & Trips in the Office – ST167 © PA Services Group - SMARTsafe 2013 Some of the most common injuries that can result from slips, trips and falls include: • sprains and strains of joints and adjacent muscles; • fractures; • open wounds and contusions; • crushing and amputation of body parts; and • head injuries, including concussion. Sheet 1 – Some Injuries That Can Result From Slips, Trips and Falls This document is a partial preview. Full document download can be found on Flevy: http://flevy.com/browse/document/slips-and-trips-in-the-office-safety-talk-528
  5. 5. Slips & Trips in the Office – ST167 © PA Services Group - SMARTsafe 2013 You can prevent slips and trips in the office by: • keeping all cables and power cords away from walkways; • closing filing cabinet drawers immediately after use; • cleaning up dry and wet spills immediately; • placing warning signs around spills; • regularly inspecting your work area and reporting any hazards; • being careful when opening doors; • allowing your eyes to adjust to different light levels; • fixing any folds in floor matting; • observing and following warning signs; • wearing suitable footwear; and • keeping everything in its proper place. Sheet 4 – How to Prevent Slips and Trips in the Office This document is a partial preview. Full document download can be found on Flevy: http://flevy.com/browse/document/slips-and-trips-in-the-office-safety-talk-528
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