• An employers guide to floor safety

    People tend not to notice their usual workspace as much as a visitor would so take a look at this checklist of things to consider to keep your floors safe.

    1

    Floor

    condition

    • How safe is the actual floor surface? 
    • Is it level and undamaged? 
    • Is the floor kept clear of trip hazards?
    • Does it look smart and presentable?
    2

    Environmental factors

    • Is there any source of water or other liquids around?  This can include Water Coolers, Drinks being carried or moisture coming in on peoples feet.
    • A wet floor is far more likely to have someone slip on it especially if it is a tiled or other hard, smooth surface
    3

    Actions you can take

    • Provide a mat at all entrances from the outside.
    • Ideally, it should be at least 115cm deep as that typically takes two steps to cross meaning that both feet step on the mat.
    • Usually a single door needs a mat 85cm wide, for a double door it is usually 180cm wide.
    • A mat by kitchen areas, water coolers and bathrooms is also a great idea.
    • Ensure that everyone knows not to leave bags or other trip hazards lying around.
    4

    Mat facts

    • A good quality mat removes 85 - 95% of the moisture and dirt from someones feet.
    • In Winter, typically, 1000 visitors will track 2kg of dirt and moisture into your building
    • Your new mat can hold up to 1kg of dirt and moisture per sqM
    • Mats with Nitrile rubber backing are more resilient than  latex or PVC backed ones
    • A Twist Nylon pile mat is far more effective than a loop pile one.
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