Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign 2021

 

Slips, Trips and Falls (STFs) have been the top cause of both major and minor injuries in workplaces since 2012. In particular, there was a 15% increase in STF-related injuries from 2015 to 2020. This year’s STF Campaign aims to promote the co-creation of safe workplaces by encouraging companies to set and fulfil an STF Resolution to take time to check, clean and share to minimise or eliminate STF incidents together with their workers.

Launch of Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign at WSH e-forum for F&B industry

On 17 June 2021, over 300 people joined the Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council to kickstart the Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign at the WSH e-forum for the Food and Beverage (F&B) industry. Through the e-forum, we seek to raise awareness of STF risks in the F&B industry. 

Ms Kwee Wei-Lin, Chairperson of the WSH Council (Hospitality and Entertainment Industries) Committee, in her welcome address, stressed the importance of maintaining worker well-being. "The industry has been grappling with acute manpower constraints, and our workers, unfortunately, bear the brunt of such shortages," she highlighted. "When made to work longer hours and complete more tasks, our F&B workers are more likely to experience fatigue.  Their day-to-day struggle at work may take a toll on his or her health and increase the likelihood of injuries." She also encouraged the industry to embrace technology to maintain productivity and WSH as a way to work around manpower constraints.

More STF Campaign initiatives targeting various sectors will be carried out in later part of the year. The focus of this year’s STF Campaign is to encourage companies to set an STF resolution to take time to check, clean and share good practices to minimise or eliminate STF incidents.

Senior Minister of State for Manpower Mr Zaqy Mohamad in his opening address urged companies to make an STF Resolution. He said: “It can be a matter of committing to a certain number of hours to conducting self-inspections, or setting aside a specific time in the week or month for housekeeping, or even something as simple as sending out regular communications to staff on the five STF steps. The intent here is to commit to do specific actions to address and tackle STFs, and prevent future injuries from occurring.” 

Participate in the Slips, Trips and Falls Campaign 2021 to protect your workers

Make your company’s STF Resolution.

Start by setting a company-wide resolution to check for STF hazards, clean up workplaces and share safety reminders with your workers on a regular basis.  

The completed STF Resolution form will be sent back to you for record and to share with your employees. Use the resolution as a reminder to put your plans into actions. You will also receive STF tips and reminders which you can share with your workers. 
  
Watch the STF Resolution infographic video.

Fill up the STF Resolution form.

1. Take Time to Check

a) Check your workplace to identify STF hazards

Often, STF hazards go unnoticed until a trip or fall happens. Accidents can occur when accessing or using workspaces, when getting up or down the steps, when walking up or down the slopes, or when one is distracted or tired.

Train your workers to identify STF hazards so that they can take actions to keep themselves safe.

Look out for these STF hazards in the workplace:

Slippery areas 
Causes: wet, powdery, greasy
Commonly found in kitchen, toilet, pantry, corridors, walkways, vehicle platforms, and steps used to mount or dismount from vehicles. 

Slopes
Causes: wet, steep
Commonly found when accessing different levels of work areas, walkways, and ramps at loading/unloading bays. 

Uneven areas
Commonly found in work areas with slight difference in the levels, or with damaged floor surfaces.

Cluttered areas 
Cause: poor housekeeping
Commonly found in work areas and along corridors/walkways.

b) Take action to ensure safety at your workplace

Workers should make it a habit to carry out these simple actions:
Learn to recognise warning signages put up at work areas that can cause STFs. 
Wear non-slip shoes.
Hold onto handrails when using the steps.
Clear spills promptly.
Remove clutter in work areas.
Set up Care Time in your phone’s calendar as a weekly reminder to take care of your safety.

Employers should take these safety measures to prevent STFs in the workplace:
Put up warning signages at areas with STF risks.
Ensure that workers wear non-slip footwear for wet/oily flooring.
Install handrails at steps.
Cordon off hazardous areas, for example where there are leaks and broken tiles.
Share safety messages on STFs with workers.

2. Take Time to Clean
Remove clutter and practise good housekeeping regularly. Inform your workers how frequently they should do housekeeping in their workplace.

3. Take Time to Share

Download these resources and share with workers:

a. Sector-specific infographic posters:
Logistics and Transport industry  
Facilities Management sector 
Food and Beverage industry 

b. Pictogram warning signages showing the various STF hazards. Put them up in your work areas or on vehicles:
Slippery areas 
Slopes 
Uneven areas 

c. Other STF prevention resources 
STF pictogram poster
ABC Checklists
STF sticker for heavy vehicle drivers
Keep kitchen floor clean and dry poster
5 WSH Tips to preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
H&EI kitchen safety video 

Find out how your workers can set up Care Time on their phone’s calendar at the National WSH Campaign 2021 microsite.