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“I find Arinite professional, responsive and committed to ensuring excellent health and safety practices within the workplace and within our resident’s homes.

I would recommend Arinite, they are responsive and reply very quickly to correspondence.

In addition to this our consultant is highly knowledgeable and is able to give us up to date information and guidance on a wide range of health and safety matters.

Having an independent person to run scenarios and situations past has resulted in reduced costs for example when we have received reports from insurers.”

Louise Graham,
Housing Operations Manager, Sapphire Independent Housing, June 2017

Slips, Trips and Falls

The majority of workplace injuries in Care Homes occur as a result of slips, trips and falls.

The probability of a resident taking a fall rises where they have reduced eye sight, are on medication and or have limited mobility.

Floor coverings in kitchens and bathrooms should be slip-resistant.

Spillages should be cleaned immediately; pedestrian traffic routes kept clean and clear of obstructions and cleaned floors must not be left wet.

To help residents walk safely staff must observe if residents are wearing the correct footwear.

In addition to the responsibilities Care Home employers have to their employees, they are also responsible for the health & safety of residents, volunteers, work experience personnel, visitors and contract employees working on the premises.

Outside the Care Home

Slips, trips and falls can also occur outside the building such as in the garden and car park.

Simple actions such as sweeping away leaves which are a slip hazard need to be undertaken regularly. There should be a schedule of Inspections for external building areas.

Key points to consider

  • Assess the risks and put control measures in place.
  • Check the flooring is suitable for the activities – e.g. do you have non-slip flooring in potential wet areas?
  • Make sure floor-cleaning methods do not create additional slip risks – e.g. leaving the floor wet at a time/place where residents might have access, trailing cables to vacuum cleaners, etc.
  • Check floor surfaces are adequately maintained and free from trip hazards.
  • A care plan for high-risk residents should specify any environmental risk factors.

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