Preventing slips and slips in the workplace

The HSE regularly display case studies of how some of proactive organisations in the UK are managing health & safety in the workplace. This month we feature Slips, Trips & Falls  


Did you know?

Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injuries at work and can happen almost anywhere. 95% of major slips result in broken bones and they can also be the initial cause for a range of other types of accident such as a fall from height.

Most trips are due to poor housekeeping; the solutions are often simple and cost effective, a great housekeeping tool that I have observed working well in factories is the Japanese philosophy of 5S

The system is based on 5 Japanese words which when translated mean Sort, Set in order, Shine, Standardise and Sustain. Once implemented, the system aims to eliminate unnecessary items from the workplace, improve order and tidiness (making sure everything has a home), maintain a clean workplace, ensuring that a workable system is in place and that these improvements are sustained.

In addition to the obvious improvements in housekeeping, savings can be made in lots of other areas; plus can you imagine how impressed your customers would be upon a tour of your workplace

 To learn more about the benefits of the 5S programme, click on the attached link or contact Andrew on 07870 777303

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