NIOSH tips for employee STF training and involvement

By: August 11th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

“All healthcare facility employees are at risk, therefore all employees should be trained on how to recognize STF hazards, and be involved in the development and implementation of prevention strategies,” according to Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers.

Here are some tips offered by the NIOSH publication for employee training and involvement:

  • Make cleaning and safety supplies and products easily accessible to all staff.
  • Incorporate slip, trip, and fall (STF) awareness and prevention into routine safety training.
  • Conduct general awareness campaigns within the healthcare facility (e.g., booths, posters, e-mails, paycheck inserts, incentives) educating employees about the risk of STFs at work and what they can do to prevent injuries.
  • Frequently reinforce staff use of preventive equipment, such as handrails and appropriate footwear.
  • Track success. Provide feedback to employees on how the facility is performing with regard to STF injury rates.

For more information on slip, trip, and fall prevention in healthcare facilities, see the August issue of Medical Environment Update.

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