DASHO Call July 2009
Quarterly DASHO Conference Call Agenda
Time: (Eastern Time)
Telephone Number (Bridge): 1-800-767-1750; Access Code 15076#
Floor Safety Assurance Program (slips, trips, and falls)
Audience: All Employees, Union Representatives, Employee Health, Occupational Health, Industrial Hygienists, and Safety Officials
Objective: Providing a floor safety perspective from a private sector insurance company.
NOTE: The Office of Occupational Safety and Health has contacted officials of agencies and/or organizations for this conference call that can represent their agency/organization's and/or are expects in their field. However, verbal statements and/or paraphrased questions and answers (found at the bottom of this agenda), are informational and have not been cleared as policy in-of-themselves. Links have been provided to this call that allow agency/organizational polices to be viewed. Questions and answers are viewed on the intranet only.
Links to Information Concerning this Subject
Other DOL OSHA Links:
Question – How are mats viewed from an Infection Control perspective?
Answer – Mats trap moisture and are not easy to clean. Walk-off tile or appropriate flooring is recommended.
Question – How is carpet viewed from an Infection Control perspective?
Answer – The frequent use of a wet/dry vacuum and cleaning with water when necessary is recommended
Question – Shiny equals clean in healthcare. Can shiny floors be disinfected adequately?
Answer – Yes - if appropriate cleaning agents are used.
Question – How can grout be disinfected?
Answer – When possible, use of an epoxy grout should be used.
Question – How much does a floor audit cost?
Answer – Varies; several hundred dollars for a one-time visit, less for more frequent visits.
Question – How does the cost compare for installing walk-off tiles versus mats?
Answer – Installing walk-off tiles has an initial up front cost; however, over time cost savings will be demonstrated.
Question – Do you have ergonomic information on injuries associated with ankles and knees?
Answer – Not at this time.
Question – Are there Americans with Disability Act (ADA) guidelines and/or standards?
Answer – Not at this time. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is preparing a floor safety stand that should come out soon.