RoSPA urges employers to prevent homeworker falls
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has made April 28 the World Day for Safety and Health at Work.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), as part of its Fall Fighter campaign, wants employers on this day to reflect on how to prevent injuries.
Though there are fall dangers in the workplace, the RoSPA is particularly concerned about falls at home, which can be devastating, causing long term injuries or even death. With more people working from home, the RoSPA wants employers to see that remote workers are safe and aware of fall dangers. In the workplace, PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) protects employees working at heights from injury. The home may appear to be a safe place, however, the reality is that most falls occur in the home and are the more common form of injury.
In a statement, Errol Taylor, the Chief Executive of the RoSPA, said:
"We are calling on employers to join us on our mission to prevent falls."
The Fall Fighter campaign educates people through awareness training. The RoSPA has published a SCORM-compliant, self-led training workshop, which is free to use. Full details of this can be found on its website.
After taking part in one of these training sessions, participants can call themselves a Fall Fighter - someone who knows about falls and how they can be prevented. The RoSPA encourages Fall Fighters to pass on their fall knowledge to others in the workplace and the community.