Health & Safety

Stay Safe at Work Today and Every Day

Our Health & Safety Management System Corporate Bank is designed to help ensure all employees of Yukon Government have the tools they require to stay safe at work.

Slips, Trips and Falls

Purpose:

This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.

 

Guidelines:

Slips - Occur when there is little friction or traction between an individual’s footwear and the surface on which they‘re walking.

a)    Practice caution with walking on slippery surfaces: ice, snow, mud and/or oily surfaces

b)    Ensure that all rugs or mats are anchored to reduce chances of slips

c)    Wear footwear with soles that provide good traction for the conditions

 

Trips - Occur when an individual’s foot contacts an object or drops to a lower level unexpectedly and throws them off balance.

a)    Practice good housekeeping ensuring cords, debris, materials and tools do not cross or are in aisles and other walking areas

b)    Watch for frayed, wrinkled or torn carpeting

c)    Identify uneven or damaged walking surfaces to inform employees of the hazard until such time mitigation can occur

d)    Ensure adequate lighting for workplace to illuminate walking surfaces

e)    Exercise caution around changes in work surfaces or levels (i.e., thresholds, stairs, ramps or curbs)

 

Falls - Can occur through either an opening in a floor, wall or over the side of a platform. In addition, such openings may allow objects and/or tools to fall through these openings and possibly strike people, equipment or machinery.

a)    Practice caution and awareness for yourself and/or the tools and equipment you may be working with that you believe could fall.  

 

General:

Footwear should have slip-resistant soles, and be kept free from grease and oil.

 

References:

OH&S Regulations – Part 1: General – s.1.13