With Halloween fast approaching, it’s time to remind staff about safety compliance with regard to the variety of holiday decorations that will be present through the end of the year.
Well-timed handouts to staff can serve as reminders of how decorations can present fire dangers and trip hazards. The following are some compliance snags to worry about:
- Exit route obstructions
- Electrical items not approved by a fire marshal or testing laboratory
- Trip hazards
- Combustible materials that aren’t flame retardant
- Open flames
- Decorations that block windows that need to be kept clear for safety purposes
- Sprinkler obstructions
If your decorations policy doesn’t exist, is outdated, or needs an upgrade, now is the time to take control. A sample policy and checklist for healthcare facilities is available under the miscellaneous heading on the OSHA Healthcare Advisor Tools page .
It’s important to outline the reasons behind a policy and get all staff members on board to build a team effort.