Preventing Injuries to Educators and Aides
Every year, Church Mutual customers report more than 4,000 injuries to their employees. One occupation needing specific risk management attention is educators and aides.
Employees in this category include day care staff, school teachers, after-school teachers and aides. Past claims provide insight into key safety issues to help prevent similar injuries. Use the following guidelines to help evaluate, develop and implement good risk management practices and procedures for educators and aides:
Slips, Trips and Falls on Level Surfaces
- Maintain clean classroom areas and walking surfaces to help eliminate slip-and-fall exposures.
- Arrange classroom furniture and supplies to minimize slip-and-fall hazards.
- Require all employees to wear slip-resistant footwear.
- Designate places to store book bags, backpacks, and coats to help eliminate tripping hazards.
Slips, Trips and Falls Due to Liquids
- Have mops and other materials available to immediately clean up spills in classrooms or hallways.
- Make housekeeping a top priority. Educators and aides must maintain clean and organized classrooms.
- Have proper floor mats in place at critical entrance areas, especially during periods of inclement weather.
- Place “Wet Floor” signs where slip-and-fall hazards exist. Keep signs in accessible locations.
- Avoid long periods of working in an awkward position.
- Conduct ergonomic evaluations of classrooms and teaching aids.
- Provide chairs, desks and other classroom equipment with adjustable options and controls.
- Provide material-handling equipment, such as carts, to limit lifting and carrying objects.
Struck by or Collision With Objects
- Design the layout of halls, rooms and aisles to allow smooth traffic flow.
- Ensure that adequate safety measures are taken when students are performing activities in class.
- Provide specialized training on how to handle situations involving disruptive students.
- Mark or pad obstructions that cannot be removed to help reduce the possibility of direct contact or injury if contact occurs.
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