Regularly inspect and maintain all buildings and premises. A written, consistently documented and strictly enforced inspection and maintenance policy is essential to managing risk.
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Tips for Managing Slip, Trip and Fall Risks
- Develop and implement an inspection and maintenance policy that states:
- The purpose of the policy.
- Effective and revision dates of the policy.
- How often it is to be carried out.
- How it will be documented and by whom.
- Corrective actions to be taken if minimum standards are not met.
- Who is responsible.
- Use a regular and reasonable cleaning and maintenance program.
- Perform inspections frequently for hazards or maintenance deficiencies.
- For example, spills and water at entranceways are common causes of slips, so regularly check for wet floors in high-risk areas such as entrances, bathrooms and beverage-service areas.
- Create a form to be used during inspections.
- Train employees and volunteers to identify and remove or minimize hazards.
- When hazards are discovered, address them using methods such as:
- Posting signs or notices in highly visible locations to warn patrons of potential danger
- Erecting barriers to prevent access to hazards
- Conducting repairs
- Removing the hazard.
- Ensure all areas are adequately lit.
- Use a non-slip floor treatment (especially when wet or greasy floors are inevitable).
- Keep records of inspections, repairs and the state of all buildings and premises.
- Keep floors free of hazards and debris.
- Keep entrances clean (as much as possible).
- Place mats over wet areas (especially in wet weather).
- Salt, shovel and sand icy or snowy areas.
- Follow by-laws and/or best practices that dictate when snow clearing should be completed.
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