Workplace Floor Safety Tips
Floor safety in your workplace is important whether or not you have a large amount of traffic going through your business every day. Keeping a clean, dry, and debris-free floor will go a long way to keep your work area a safe space to occupy. Let’s review some of the ways you can keep your work floors in good shape and safeguarded from slips, falls, and other workplace injuries.
One of the biggest hazards in the workplace is floor moisture. Moisture on floors can come from a variety of places: spilled drinks, outdoor weather tracked inside, oily substances, and leaks. This type of floor safety issue can often be avoided with a few easy steps. Have a workplace review of your floors on a regular basis. Make note of areas of concern and then take proper procedures to correct them. If the problem cannot be quickly fixed, place signage or block off the wet or slippery areas to avoid passage through the space until the issue has been corrected.
Additional ways to address floor moisture problems are to properly place rugs at doorways, and to keep supplies easily available when spills occur. Keep a good selection of cleaning, mopping, and drying materials on hand to tackle wet floors. A spill kit with absorbent materials can be helpful to keep available as well. Address a wet floor problem promptly to avoid any unnecessary falls or accidents.
Obstacle and Debris Floor Hazards
Trash on the ground and objects in the way of safe travel through your workplace can be a considerable safety concern. As with floor moisture, make sure to review your work floors on a regular basis throughout the day to familiarize yourself with any hazards that come up. In a busy retail or child care workplace, you might need to do this more often than you would in a smaller office situation. You want to look for things like trash that needs to be picked up, turned up rugs that need replacing or relocating, and boxes and materials that need to be put away or slid back into their location. This type of hazard on your floor can often be fixed quickly and easily, and go a long way to prevent an issue from happening.
Floor Safety Review
While one or two people can be assigned to take care of workplace floor reviews on a regular schedule, ask everyone to pitch in and pay attention to obstacles or hazards that they see. Ask them to either address the problem if it’s something quick like tossing trash or wiping up a spilled coffee or drink. If the problem is larger like a leak or broken equipment hazard, instruct them to report it to the manager or person in charge of the daily floor review so it can be addressed properly and timely. Following these simple actions can prevent small floor safety issues from turning into accidents and emergencies.
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