In 2018 the HSE reported 31% off all (non-fatal injuries) accidents reported via RIDDOR were caused by slips/trips/falls from the same level. In the last year at the CSC helpdesk we have noticed an increase in these type of accidents in bathroom settings.
Typical scenarios have involved guests slipping on floors or falling whilst getting out of the bath tub. In certain instances, the repercussions have resulted in medical attention being required for injury such as a wrist fracture, back sprain and stitches required to an open wound to the head.
We look at practical ways to ensure that your business and guests are kept safe. By following the advice below you will not only reduce the risk of accidents but also potential claims being logged:
- A suitable bathroom safety/floor safety risk assessment needs to be put in place.
- The bath surfaces should be non slip.
- An option of a bath mat should be made available.
- A towel (or some other arrangement) should be made available to lay on the floor to help reduce the spread of water when exiting the bath and reduce the risk of slipping.
- Some form of hand hold should ideally be made available, to aid ingress and egress.
- All floor areas must be clear of any obstructions and trip hazards. Spillages must be cleared up immediately.
- Any repair hazards must be reported to management immediately.
- Regular safety checks must be conducted on floors and walk ways. Defects must be reported to management immediately with remedial works carried out where required.
- Ensure that staff are effectively trained in the risk assessment with reference made to clearing of spillages and displaying the ‘Wet floor sign’.
CSC are here to help you put the necessary control measures in place to ensure that your business and staff are kept safe.
Contact us for advice anytime.