It is difficult to eliminate the possibility of all accidents, but a few moments of awareness education, along with diligent planning and follow-through will certainly reduce their likelihood.
1. Wet Floors. Whether from melting snow or ice, rain, or everyday spills, wet floors always pose a hazard. Have plenty of “wet floor” signs available. Make sure that every employee understands their responsibilities for ensuring that all surfaces are kept safe and dry.
2. Uneven/Cracked Sidewalks. Periodically check the sidewalks around your facilities for potential hazards. Undertake needed repairs as quickly as possible. While waiting for repairs, either clearly identify known hazards, or create alternate traffic patterns in order to ensure safety.
3. Power Cords, Tools, and Toys. Sometimes the everyday items in our environment can be the most dangerous. Should power cords need to stretch across walkways, cover them with appropriate cord covers or mats. Keep all tools, clothing, kid’s toys, and other items well-organized and out of known passageways.
4. Stairs and Railings. If not already in place, consider adding non-slip covers to your stairs. This will help to reduce or eliminate potential accidents. Should stair railings appear loose, they need to be tightly re-secured to their mounts.
5. Rugs and Carpets. When rugs become worn, their corners often bend. Sometimes these edges can be nailed down. Small tears in carpets are also a hazard, especially for individuals using canes, crutches and wheelchairs. They are a special hazard for young children as well. Repair or replace worn carpets regularly.
Thanks for considering the needs of those around you.