Wet conditions, like our current rainy weather, increase the chances of slips and falls. Below is a short list of precautions you can incorporate at your organization and at home to prevent accidents and injuries from slips and falls.
Preventing Slips & Falls In the Workplace
- Place non-skid floor mats in entryways and breakrooms.
- When floors become wet, utilize caution signs and clean up the wet area as soon as possible.
- Monitor entryways frequently during inclement weather.
- Consider providing an umbrella stand or complimentary wet umbrella bags.
- Conduct general awareness slip/fall education for employees regularly.
Preventing Slips & Falls Beyond the Workplace
- Monitor weather conditions; plan ahead.
- Be mindful of your surroundings. Look for water on floors, stairs, ramps, and in parking lots.
- Be cautious of painted and metal equipment and flooring, which can become slippery when wet.
- Always use a handrail when going up and down stairs, even if you feel you don’t need it.
- Take your time when walking on wet surfaces. Many slips happen when you’re in a rush.
- Wear the right shoes: try anti-slip soles and traction devices that strap onto shoes when pathways are slippery.
- Slips can happen when entering and exiting your vehicle. Use a three-point stance when getting entering and exiting your vehicle. Use a grab-bar or doorframe for stability.
With a bit of preparation and education, your organization and home can be safeguarded against the hazards of wet surfaces from inclement weather. Plan now and be protected later!
About the Author
Crystal M. Estrada | Risk Analyst