Wet Floors. A Slip Hazard
One of the more common slips, trips and floor hazards associated with the office, warehousing, retail and hospitality industries are wet floors or wet rooms. A wet floor could be the result of a spill, a machine or tap malfunction or simply scheduled cleaning. Surfaces such as tiles, floor boards and even concrete can become significantly more dangerous when a fluid of some type has not been adequately cleaned up. Add to this stairs or escalators and you have all the ingredients for a workplace accident. Here's our top 5 tips to help you manage wet floors or wet rooms within your workplace.
1) Clearly identify and block off wet floors. In the event of a spillage your first step should be to mark or preferably block off the slippery area. This may be done with a floor stand, safety cone, barricade or other temporary device. Marking the wet floor at least informs employees and visitors of the danger while the next step can be taken to clean up the spillage.
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2) Have the appropriate cleaning gear on hand. Once the area has been blocked off it's important to have on hand an appropriate mop, bucket or spill kit easily accessible. Inform your staff where this equipment is kept which may help reduce the chance of spills being neglected or not cleaned up by staff.
3) Use matting where possible. In constant wet areas such as public swimming pools or wet kitchens, a drainage or industrial anti slip mat may be the best form of slip prevention possible. If matting is not possible for whatever reason anti-slip tape or anti slip floor coating could be a suitable alternative.
4) Use signage! The best way to prevent a fall is to inform employees and visitors. If your aware an area of your workplace is constantly slippery (an outdoor balcony for example) it's best to warn and instruct visitors via safety signage.
5) It probably seems obvious but when possible schedule your cleaning before or after your business hours. Although in some industries this may not always be possible allowing as much time as possible for floors to dry reduces the chance of a wet floor accident.
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