Health and Safety for Osteoporosis
Raising awareness of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a big concern affecting more than 3 million people in the UK alone. The NHS recorded that more than 300,000 people every year are treated for fragility fractures (caused from a standing height or less) as a result of osteoporosis. In this article we explore ways organisations and venues can prepare their properties to better prevent accidents which could be highly damaging to those suffering with this condition to improve their health and safety.
What is Osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones’ and is often referred to as the fragile bone disease. Osteoporosis occurs when the struts which make up the mesh-like structure within bones become thin, causing bones to become fragile and break easily, often following a minor bump or fall. Although fractures can occur in different parts of the body, the wrists, hips and spine are most commonly affected. People living with Osteoporosis must be very cautious as a small slip could cause a very painful fracture.
What can be done to help?
Sufferers of Osteoporosis go to great lengths at home to remove or reduce risk of a slip, trip or fall by opting for carpeted floors which won’t become slippery, fitting steady hand rails for going up and down stairs, removing loose rugs, trailing cables and trip hazards as well as have regular hearing and eye tests to ensure their balance isn’t compromised. But, becoming house bound is not the ideal solution to minimise risk. There are some small things that can be done to improve your building’s health and safety to help the 3 million sufferers of Osteoporosis in the UK.
- Be conscientious and if there isn’t a clear path way through your building, create one. Minimise the risk of trip due to an over cluttered entrance or reception area.
- If you have a split level space, ample warning to ‘Mind the Step’ will help avoid trips if the step goes unnoticed.
- If you have hard flooring in your building it is essential to make sure it stays dry and doesn’t become slippery through heavy rainfall, wet umbrellas, spillages and cleaning procedure. Active and quick clean-up of spills as well as entry mats provide some solution to the problem.
- Umbrellas pose a significant risk as they are carried through the building trailing water as they go, creating a significant slip hazard which could be devastating to someone with Osteoporosis.
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