Jun 13, 2022 / Floor Care
In any type of workplace—whether it’s an office building, a retail store, or an industrial space—slips and falls are incredibly common. And they can happen to any type of employee, from a construction worker to a manager that primarily sits at a desk.
According to the National Safety Council, in 2020, 805 workers died in falls, and 211,640 were injured badly enough to have to take days off work. A worker does not have to fall from a height to suffer injuries. Of those 805 fatalities, 136 workers were killed from falls on the same level.
Here are some more important facts about slips and falls:
No employer wants to see an employee injured while working. So what can you do to avoid these types of hazards? Ensure you are practicing appropriate floor safety measures. Here’s what you need to know.
Three physical factors are involved in trips and falls: friction, momentum, and gravity. The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) uses something called the coefficient of friction flooring standards to help guide employers when it comes to floor safety.
Based on a University of Michigan Study, OSHA recommends that walking surfaces have slip coefficient of friction (COF) standards of .5. The COF is an objective numerical value that describes the amount of traction between one’s foot or shoe and the surface beneath it.
Where an employee’s shoes contact the floor is the driving factor behind slip resistance or friction, therefore, any contaminant on the floor surface can contribute to accidents. To maintain a safe working environment for all of your employees, you’ll need to make sure the COF of your floors is at least .5 per OSHA’s guidelines.
So what’s next? Develop a floor safety plan!
Your first step should be to check your flooring for any chips, cracks, worn slip-resistant treads, or loose mats. In addition, OSHA requires you to perform regular inspections to ensure your floors are free of contaminants, defects, or other imperfections that could contribute to slip, trip, or fall injuries.
Working with a company that provides professional floor cleaning services to create a customized maintenance plan is the best way to ensure floor safety for your employees and visitors.
When you do so, your floors will not only look fabulous, but you’ll have confidence that there is no dirt, grit, or other tripping hazards. And of course, regular cleaning and sanitization removes bacteria and ensures there is a minimal spread of germs for a healthy work environment.
Here is what your floor maintenance plan should involve:
Professional floor maintenance services and professional floor waxing companies work with solutions that are specifically formulated for cleaning specific floor surfaces to minimize buildup and damage and ensure optimal results. In addition, experts know how to use floor cleaners as directed to prevent hazardous buildup and premature wear.
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