Course 624 - Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers

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Hi, and welcome to the course. If you are a safety manager, supervisor, committee member, or someone who is entering into the occupational safety and health field, this course will help you understand your important responsibilities.

Here's how it works (Read this... it's important!)

  1. Study each course module. To start, click on the course "Modules" tab above. On average, it takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete each module, including the module quiz. Take your time and make sure you understand the course material.

  2. Complete each module quiz. Each quiz is 5-10 questions. When you submit the quiz, a new web page will load with instant feedback on your answers. After you complete the quiz, start on the next module. There is no need to wait! No hurry either. You are in control of the pace of learning.

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  5. Complete and submit the final course exam.
    • Final exams consist of 15 questions.
    • To meet OSHA requirements, you must pass the final exam with at least a 70% score.
    • If you do not pass the exam, you may retake the exam.
    • If you pass the exam, you may not retake the exam just to raise your score.
    • Most final exam questions are derived from module quizzes.

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Have fun and study hard. To start, just click on "Introduction" above.

Course Introduction

Work-related slip, trip, and fall (STF) incidents can frequently result in serious, disabling injuries for healthcare workers. They can impact a healthcare employee’s ability to do his or her job, often resulting in the following:

  • lost workdays
  • reduced productivity
  • expensive worker compensation claims
  • diminished ability to care for patients
Percent distribution of hospital employee injuries by injury type (Click to Enlarge)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, in 2009, STFs were the second most common cause of lost-workday injuries in hospitals. (Click on image on the right.)

An analysis of workers’ compensation injury claims from acute-care hospitals showed that lower extremities, such as knees, ankles, and feet, were the most-commonly injured after STF’s. The nature of the injury was most often sprains, dislocations, and tears. Also, STFs were significantly more likely to result in fractures (Source: Centers for Disease Control, 2011).

This course identifies the top 10 STF hazards specific to healthcare facilities. For each hazard, this course will:

  1. Explain how the hazard contributes to STFs.
  2. Identify where the hazard is likely to occur.
  3. Provide recommendations to reduce or eliminate the hazard.

Slips, trips, and falls are preventable. This course also provides guidance on implementing a STF prevention program to protect healthcare workers. The goal of this course is to familiarize you with common STF hazards in healthcare facilities so you are able to recognize and reduce the risk to employees.


To begin your training, click on the module links below. If you are just starting this course, you should start with module 1.

  1. Top Hazards and Solutions
  2. Tools and Resources

Course 624 Final Exam

Congratulations on finishing the coursework! To pass the exam, you must achieve a minimum score of 70%. It is OSHAcademy's policy to protect the integrity of our exams and, as a result, we do not provide missed questions to students. We do provide missed-question module section references for study should you wish to retake the exam.

After you have studied all of the course material and taken the module quizzes, you can take the final exam. The module quizzes are optional, but we highly recommend you take each quiz, as the questions are similar to those on the final exam.

This is an open book exam. As you are taking the exam, if you find a question you are unsure of, you should use the course study guide or course web pages to research the correct answer. Don't worry if you fail the exam. You can study and retake the exam when you are ready.

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Course 624 Study Guide. You can save this study guide to your computer for offline studying, or print the study guide if you prefer.


1. Health and Safety Executive. (2014). Preventing Slips and Trips at Work. Retrieved from:

2. Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (2014). Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls in the Workplace. Retrieved from:

3. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. (n.d.) Retrieved from: (November 15, 2014.)

4. The Centers for Disease Control. (2011). Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention for Healthcare Workers. Retrieved from: