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The purpose of the American Red Cross Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls presentation is to give individuals an introduction to the knowledge necessary to identify and reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls.
There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls presentation.
The Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls presentation is designed to be taught in approximately 1 hour. The presentation can be presented as an add-on to any course or it can be presented as a stand-alone session. The estimate of 1 hour is based on up to 25 participants per leader.
For the Leader American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Leader’s Guide American Red Cross Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls Booklet (StayWell Stock No. 656713) Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls PowerPoint Presentation slides (optional) For the Participants American Red Cross Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls Booklet (StayWell Stock No. 656713) (one per participant)
This presentation has no knowledge or skill assessments; therefore, there are no requirements for successful completion. Awarding Course Certificates Participants may be issued certificates using the Has Completed Universal Certificates indicating Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls. There is no validity period for the certificate.
PREPARATION FOR PARTICIPANTS’ QUESTIONS
Before beginning this lesson, be sure you are prepared to answer possible questions from participants. You may want to review the material on this topic at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Walking-Working Surfaces website: www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/ smallbusiness/sec15.html (URL was correct at the time of publication).
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and Falls How Safe Are You at Work? Reducing the Risks of Slips. AND FALLS PRESENTATION OUTLINE Topic Introduction Facts and Associated Risks of Slips. supervisor. Trips. personal physician. and Falls Hazards and Remedies for Slips. and Falls Prevention Plan Closing Approximate Time 5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 5 minutes 15 minutes 15 minutes 5 minutes 1 hour Approximate Total Time American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. 2 . Trips. safety officer. or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Trips. serves only as an introduction to the topic. TRIPS. SLIPS. employee assistance program (EAP) professional. wellness office.The information presented in this presentation is general in nature. and is not intended for compliance purposes. Participant questions should be directed to participants’ workplace health and safety office.
AND FALLS Lesson Length 60 minutes Lesson Objectives After completing this lesson. Leader Note: Use optional PPT slide 2 or write the presentation purpose on newsprint. including emergency procedures. trips. and give your background. briefly introduce yourself. and smoking policies. Trips. How to develop a prevention plan. and Falls booklets before participants arrive. Materials. and Falls PowerPoint Presentation (optional) Universal Certificate indicating Preventing Slips.LESSON: PREVENTING SLIPS. and Falls (one for each participant) Course Record Course Record Addendum American Red Cross identification. Trips. Trips. TRIPS. American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. name tags or name tents Pens or pencils Laptop and LCD projector (optional) Newsprint and markers TOPIC: INTRODUCTION Length: 5 minutes ACTIVITY: Welcome participants. Review any facility policies and procedures. Equipment. Briefly review the booklet. or falls in the workplace. Inform participants that these booklets are theirs to keep. participants should know— How safety awareness can help reduce their risk of slips. How to identify and correct unsafe conditions in the workplace. water fountains. Identify yourself as an American Red Cross leader. Distribute the Preventing Slips. Trips. locations of restrooms. How to identify and correct unsafe behaviors in the workplace. 3 . and break areas. and falls. Ask participants to print their full names and addresses on the Course Record Addendum. Have participants briefly introduce themselves. Ask them to write their names on name tags or name tents and display them where they can be seen. Explain that participants will use this booklet for various activities during the presentation. trips. How to maintain their balance when performing tasks to help prevent slips. and Falls booklet (one for each participant) Preventing Slips. and Supplies Preventing Slips.
S. or OSHA for more individualized. accounting for at least 20 percent of all workers’ compensation claims. which focuses on awareness. supervisor. wellness office. or falling in the workplace? o How serious a slip. Leader Note: Participants may ask you for medical advice. and falls ranked third. 4 . and falls in private industry accounted for approximately 20 percent of all nonfatal occupational injuries involving days away from work. It has no expiration date. ACTIVITY: Ask participants the following questions: o Have you witnessed any type of slip. supervisor. American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. trips. trip. tripping. Slips. wellness office. and Falls presentation is to give individuals in the workplace an introduction to the knowledge necessary to identify and reduce the risks of slips. Bureau of Labor statistics (1998)— o Slips.KEY POINTS: The purpose of the American Red Cross Preventing Slips. policies. after injuries from contact with objects and equipment. personal physician. detailed information. or OSHA for specific advice or recommendations for their individual situations. trips. and Falls presentation contains awareness information and is not intended to substitute for worksite health and safety training. trips. and falls. and falls are one of the leading causes of accidents in the workplace. Participants may also ask you to assess an existing injury or recommend specific strategies for treating their injury. personal physician. The Preventing Slips. Trips. Such questions are beyond the purpose of this lesson. EAP professional. EAP professional. refer participants to their worksite health and safety office. Leader Note: Write the following on newsprint as you discuss the information with participants. TRIPS. o Slips. For such questions. Trips. or procedures. AND FALLS Length: 5 minutes Leader Note: Use optional PPT slide 3 or write the information on newsprint. KEY POINTS: According to the U. safety officer. or fall in the workplace? o Do you think you may be at risk of slipping. and Falls will be issued at the end of this presentation. and cases involving occupational overexertion. trips. safety officer. Trips. o Approximately 10 percent of fatal occupational injuries for all industries were attributed to falls from a height. trip. Participants should consult with their worksite health and safety office. or fall problem do you believe may exist at your workplace? TOPIC: FACTS AND ASSOCIATED RISKS OF SLIPS. An American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating that the participant has completed Preventing Slips.
and add any booklet examples that were not identified by participants. they could stay focused on what they are doing (i. Ask participants to think of ways they can increase their awareness and help reduce the risks of slips. trips. Count and record the number of checked responses for each question. Leader Note: You will use the five least-checked responses later. TRIPS. Leader Note: Ways to help reduce the risks of slips.) American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations.. trips. TOPIC: REDUCING THE RISKS OF SLIPS. Tell participants that the next activity will help them to think about ways to increase their safety awareness. and falls include the following: o o o o o Staying alert and aware of your surroundings Getting plenty of rest Managing stress Avoiding alcohol and drugs Taking appropriate work breaks Ask participants for safe ways to perform tasks that require them to move from one place to another. wear corrective lenses. ask each question and have participants raise their hands if they checked the corresponding space. (Suggest that everyone should have their eyes tested regularly and. trips. Discuss these with the class. o Unsafe conditions. TOPIC: HOW SAFE ARE YOU AT WORK? Length: 5 minutes ACTIVITY: Leader Note: Use optional PPT slide 4 or write the numbers 1-15 down the left side of a sheet of newsprint. List their ideas on newsprint. and falls. o Unsafe behaviors. and falls include— o A lack of safety awareness. 5 . “More Things You Can Do. circle or highlight the five least-checked responses. when participants complete the “Prevention Plan” activity.” in the booklet. Leader Note: Examples may include— o Being careful to look where you are going. Once you finish the list. not become distracted). AND FALLS Length: 5 minutes ACTIVITY: Refer participants to pages 8-10. After 3 minutes. Record their answers on newsprint.e. For example.Causes for workplace slips. if needed.
ACTIVITY: Divide a newsprint page vertically into two categories: Write “Workplace Hazards” at the top of the first column and list the hazards (see the next page for this list). Leader Note: The remedies are listed under each workplace hazard: Workplace Hazards Wet Surfaces Slippery floors Walking rapidly. with your knees slightly bent. loose floor boards. or weak stairs and railings American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. After 5 minutes. Apply slip-resistant coatings or strips to slippery floors. Uneven Surfaces Any change in surface area. and falls. Slow down. o Carrying items close to your body. such as grass to concrete or wooden floor to carpet Worn carpeting. o Maintaining your center of balance by not reaching too far. and falls requires becoming aware and looking out for unsafe conditions and behaviors. and walk with your toes slightly pointed outward to increase your base of support. o Taking shorter steps. and pushing off with your forward foot to increase traction. TOPIC: HAZARDS AND REMEDIES FOR SLIPS. Preventing slips. or not paying attention to the surface you are walking on Clean Up/Fix/Report Problems Quickly clean up or place absorbent materials on the spill. 6 . AND FALLS Length: 15 minutes KEY POINTS: Unsafe conditions and behaviors cause slips. trips. shorten your stride. randomly call on the groups to help complete the “Remedies” column on the newsprint. and have each group designate a spokesperson. Write “Remedies” at the top of the other column and leave it blank. Clearly mark the area with signs. resulting in workplace accidents and injuries. TRIPS. trips. Have them work in groups of 3 to 5 participants. or report it immediately.o Using one hand (all your fingers and thumb) to firmly grip railings when you are climbing or walking down stairs. o Not obstructing your line of sight.
Leader Note: Ask participants to turn to page 6 in the booklet for shoe selection information. and tools on the floor Clean Clutter Make sure the floor is kept free of anything that could injure someone. sidewalk. or not using proper lifting or safety equipment) Use the Right Tools for the Job Take the time to find and use the correct-size ladder and safety nets and other safety equipment. Wrong Tools for the Job Not using the proper tools or equipment (for example. Never stand on the top rung of a ladder. or too bulky to be carried safely Carrying a load that makes you feel off balance or prevents you from seeing directly in front of you American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. ice. Discuss each type of shoe sole and its appropriate use in the workplace. too heavy. such as boxes. Suggest to your supervisor that employees be assigned to “clutter control” on a rotating basis. Poor Housekeeping Dangerous clutter. Report any problem areas. 7 . such as icy sidewalks or entrances. and parking lots. briefcases.Mark or Fix Surfaces Add color contrast and signs to mark the changes in surface areas. using a chair or ladder that is too short instead of using the right ladder. snow. Pay particular attention to areas that are often poorly lit such as stairways. Big Loads Carrying a load that is too big. or loading dock Wear the Right Shoes Wear slip-resistant shoes appropriate for the weather and the surface you are walking on. or mud on a parking lot. file drawers. Follow your workplace safety procedures. Bad Weather Rain. Repair or report loose surface problems. rope. electrical cords. Poor Lighting Poorly lit areas Be Careful Change or report burned-out light bulbs to the appropriate person. loading docks.
TOPIC: PREVENTION PLAN Length: 15 minutes Leader Note: Begin by reminding participants of the five least-checked responses in the previously completed “How Safe Are You at Work?” activity. reconvene the class. Assign each group one of the five least-checked responses from the “How Safe Are You at Work?” activity. After 2 minutes. and Falls presentation contains awareness information and is not intended to substitute for worksite health and safety training. EAP professional. and have each group designate a spokesperson. supervisor. Thank participants for attending. and encourage them to work closely with co-workers and supervisors to make their worksite safer and to make safety their personal responsibility. Keep one hand free for balance. Participants should consult with their worksite health and safety office. Not Enough Time Being in a hurry Slow Down Take smaller steps. one general prevention statement (about safety awareness. personal physician. or procedures. wellness office. behaviors. ask a few participants to share their statements with the class. If possible. compile a summary of prevention statements that address each of the assigned responses. safety officer. near the bottom of the self-assessment page. Trips. Have the spokespersons present their prevention plan ideas. American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. 8 .Carry Smaller Loads Use a cart or a hand truck. After 5 minutes. take the elevator instead of stairs when carrying a load. or OSHA for specific advice or recommendations for their individual situations. Explain that you would like each group to create a prevention plan. ACTIVITY: Have them work in groups of 3 to 5 participants. or condition) that is applicable to their individual job responsibilities and has direct relevance to the safety topics discussed today. Remind participants that the American Red Cross Preventing Slips. TOPIC: CLOSING Length: 5 minutes Ask participants to write. policies. On newsprint or on optional PPT slide 5. especially when using stairs or walking across slippery surfaces. Make wide turns on slippery surfaces.
and other health and safety programs and courses. such as Ergonomics. Trips. American Red Cross Injury Control Presentations Copyright © 2009 The American National Red Cross Duplication permitted for use in American Red Cross presentations. Your Heart Matters. Answer any participant questions. Issue an American Red Cross Universal Certificate indicating Preventing Slips. Workplace Violence Awareness. and Falls to each participant who has successfully completed the presentation.Suggest your local Red Cross as an option for additional awareness training on workplace safety. Preventing Back Injuries. Managing Stress. 9 .
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