We have already seen how the British pendulum skid resistance test works. Apart from getting the floor surface tested for an anti slip rating from independent slip testing services, I have compiled a list of some really sensible and practical tips that will help employers ensure that there is no chance of slip and trip accidents in their premises.
Here I would like to point out that we have often been to office premises where the employers put out warning signs such as “Caution, Wet Floor” or “Caution: Don’t enter the premises without anti-slip footwear”. I think this is not only clever but also wise to always use these caution sign so that you keep your employees safe.
The Slip Aspect: As far as the Footwear is concerned, this is one major factor that can contribute to slip and trip. Footwear that lacks proper grip might even make someone trip on an absolutely dry floor. While there isn’t much we can do about people’s choice of footwear, I would suggest that you make it a part of safety training to inform your employees to get good, comfortable and properly soled footwear. Here is a list of precautions one can take to prevent these accidents:
✓ Contamination is a major factor that leads to most accidents. If floors are dirty, wet, have glazed tiles, have varnished wood, are poorly laid flooring, not properly maintained, have leaks from the pipes in the building or from the machines in the factory (etc), all such factors not only contaminate the premises, they increase the chances of slip and trip. Always use ‘caution’ signs to keep those potentially at risk aware.
✓ You need to ensure that there are proper mats on the entrance doors. This will help keep the premises neat as well as the shoes dry.
✓ If it is possible to keep the pedestrian routes closed until dry, implement this at once. Furthermore, ensure that the cleaning material and method is effective for your floor.
✓ It would be effective if routine arrangements that deal with spills are prompt.
✓ In case there are any loose pieces, damaged tiling or loose flooring, get it replaced.
✓ Ample lights in the pedestrian pathways will keep the steps clearly visible.
✓ Keep the walkwaysas well as the work areas clear of as many obstructions as possible.
✓ You may want to consider organising work hours a few minutes earlier to avoid rushing and overcrowding. Such decisions, I would say, must be with the employee’s’ consent as such decisions affect them more than others.
We have already established that having regular risk assessment procedure in place helps you stay safe, and these are a few practical tips that you need to implement on the daily basis.
As I am incline to depend on the same service contractors for years, I recommend that you select an independent slip testing services with care. Ensure that your independent slip testing services provider complies with all the rules and regulations and you get the best anti-slip rating for your premises.