RHSM SAFETY & HEALTH ZONE

#4 - WALKWAY & WORK AREA GUIDE

Workplace injuries can occur at an employee’s workspace.

 

Employees are advice to:

  • Keep their desks and filing cabinet drawers closed when they are not in use. Remind others that it is dangerous to open their desk or filing cabinet drawers above or behind someone without first giving them a warning.

  • Push their chairs under their desks or the counters when not in use.

  • Clear their immediate working or walking space from boxes or other obstructions. Boxes and stacks of materials should not be placed along corridors and other common walkways

  • Place office equipment (e.g., laptops and printers) such that their electrical cords (including extension cables) do not cut across corridors or other common walkways. If this is not possible, the cords or cables should be laid in such a way to avoid becoming tripping hazards (e.g., by taping them securely to the floor).

  • Clean and tidy up their work areas everyday.

Poor floor conditions are a leading cause of Slips, Trips and Falls (STF) accidents at many workplaces.

  • Ensure that floors are cleaned regularly and immediately if liquids (including water) or other materials (e.g., oil, powder) are spilled.

  • Provide areas that cannot be cleaned continuously (e.g., entrance ways) with anti-slip mats and/ or anti-slip flooring.

  • Use anti-slip flooring in work areas that tend to be wet or greasy (e.g., kitchens and washing bays).

  • Repair or replace any uneven, torn, worn out or damaged flooring or carpets as soon as possible as these are potential slipping or tripping hazards. Any mat or rug found loose or wrinkled should be secured accordingly. To prevent accidents due to poor floor conditions, always deploy barriers and warning signs around the unsafe condition until it is repaired or replaced.

  • Use highly visible reflective tape or paint to indicate changes in the level or slope of a walking surface.

Facilities for employees include pantry, surau, rest areas, washrooms, and so on. To protect employees’ health and ensure their well-being, such facilities need to be adequate, clean and well-maintained.

 

  • Ensure that washrooms are cleaned at least once a day. Employers should provide soap, paper towels, toilet paper and, if needed, disinfectants. In particular, special effort must be taken to keep floors of washrooms dry to prevent injuries due to slips and falls.

 

  • Prohibit eating and drinking in all work areas. Eating areas (e.g., pantry) must be kept separate from work areas and cleaned frequently for hygiene reasons. Remind employees (e.g., through posters) to wash their hands before each meal to prevent accidental ingestion of contaminated substances.

 

  • Provide dedicated facilities such as washing area, shower rooms and changing rooms for employees.