Week #3 of National Safety Council (NSC) Safety Month is Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls week.  According to the NIOSH workbook, Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers , the incidence rate of lost-workday injuries from slips, trips, and falls (STFs) in hospitals was 90% greater than the average rate for all other private industries combined.
NIOSH recommends conducting regular walk throughs using an STF check list to identify hazards, keeping a file of hazard photographs or descriptions, identifying staff members responsible for fixing the hazard and a targeted completion date. Compared to NIOSH recommendations, how thorough are you or staff members with regular STF walk-through inspection.
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