Strains & Sprains Stand-Down
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Sprains and strains in the workplace are common and costly. Luckily, they are also preventable.
FFVA Mutual’s Strains & Sprains Safety Stand-Down helps employers identify specific hazards and control measures in addition to creating awareness and a positive safety culture for employees.
What is a Safety Stand-Down?
A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary, organized break from work with the goal of bringing employees together to discuss workplace safety.
What’s the Difference between Strains & Sprains?
Strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon, attaching muscles to bones, and are often caused by overuse, force, or stretching.
Sprains are tissue injuries such as a tear to a ligament connecting two bones, resulting from wrenching, or twisting a joint.
Symptoms: There is one main difference in symptoms: with a sprain, you will usually see bruising while a strain will not, but it can have spasms of the affected muscle.
Treatment: Initial treatment for both strains and sprains include RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Mild sprains can be successfully treated at home. Severe sprains sometimes require surgery to repair torn ligaments. For workplace injuries, always have the injured worker see a doctor for a professional evaluation and diagnosis.
Why Hold a Strains & Sprains Safety Stand-Down?
Safety stand-downs create an opportunity for employers to meet with employees to talk about workplace safety and reinforce ways to prevent strains and sprains.
Ideas for Successful Strains & Sprains Safety Stand-Down Participation
- Review your company’s Safety Program.
- Have workers complete strains and sprains safety training.
- Develop hands-on activities to increase strains and sprains hazard awareness.
- Encourage active employee participation.
- After your stand-down, be sure to download the customizable Certificate of Participation to recognize your company and your employees for participating.
Sign up Today to Host a Stand-Down!
Complete the form below and one of our Safety Solutionists will contact you with additional information to schedule a strains & sprains safety stand-down at your workplace.
Note: Employer must be a current policyholder with FFVA Mutual.