common causes of slip-and-fall accidents
- The wrong cleaning chemical or floor finish
- Too much chemical on floors (not diluting properly)
- Chemicals which leave a film or residue
- The same floor mop in the kitchen, then using it in other areas, thus carrying grease residue throughout the building (we recommend using color-coded floor mops to prevent this).
- Other cleaners which create an accidental over-spray onto the floor (such as the over-spray of stainless steel cleaner on elevators).
Because most slips and falls occur on wet surfaces, the
best practice during inclement weather is to use the 3-mat system at entryways.
This is comprised of an exterior “scraping” mat and two interior mats of adequate length to reduce the elements being tracked into a facility.
Also important is a protocol during bad weather to
change the entry mats as needed when they get saturated with water,
snow, and slush. You might want to keep a microfiber mop nearby to mop up excess water.
Additionally, be sure to
post proper signage to alert visitors of the wet floor hazard.
NFSI statistics indicate that 9 percent of slip-and-fall accidents are due to a lack of proper hazard identification.
Did you know
we can perform a floor audit for you to ascertain your slip-and-fall risk
? Give us a call for our free floor audit and other slip-and-fall prevention advice.