While accidents at work cause many work-related injuries and illnesses, sometimes these incidents can be prevented if you and your employers are aware of how to deal with some basic safety hazards, including dealing with broken glass.
Correctly dealing with broken glass
While it may seem appropriate to simply pick up glass and dispose of it in the nearest paper bin, when dealing with broken glass this can actually lead to colleagues suffering workplace injuries from remaining glass shards and incorrect disposal.
When dealing with broken glass, it is important to follow these simple steps to minimise the risk of any further injury through ensuring the area is appropriately cleaned:
- Wearing gloves and substantial footwear, first, pick up the large glass pieces of glass
and place them into double-bagged thick bin bags.
- Clear any smaller pieces and shards by vacuuming the area thoroughly. Refrain from using the main vacuum and use the hose attachment. This prevents shards of glass from being spread across the area, or being pressed further into the flooring.
- Despite common practice, do not sweep the glass with a brush. Shards of glass become odged in brooms and brushes and can cause workplace injuries at a later date.
- Use strong tape or lint roll to pick up any minuscule shards of glass.
- Thoroughly clean the area with a damp cloth.
- Do not leave the vacuum with glass inside; empty the necessary compartment and place rubbish into your double bin-bags.
- Double knot the bin bags before placing them inside a cardboard box. Once the box is sealed with parcel tape, clearly write broken glass on the top and sides.
- Ensure the box is with general waste, to be disposed of as normal.
Accident Advice Helpline
Have you been involved in an accident at work? Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the compensation you deserve for any harm you have endured.
From slips and falls in the office to injuries caused by management incorrectly dealing with broken glass, no matter the nature of your case, we will work with you on a one-to-one basis to both determine liability and assess whether your case is likely to be successful if pursued.
For more information on the claims process, speak with one of our friendly advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Date Published: April 29, 2016
Author: Accident Advice