Common Hazards on Commercial Floors and What to do About Them
Don’t let the floors in your facility become neglected. Slips, trips and falls are some of the most common workplace injuries and can be avoided with proper care and maintenance of your commercial floors.
In fact, same-level slips, trips and falls have cost employers billions of dollars in worker’s compensation costs. Areas of spalling, cracks, holes or damaged joints on your floors can be hazardous to your customers and employees if not properly repaired or patched.
Trips and Falls
Visually checking your floors for areas of concern such as spalling, cracking or damaged joints is crucial to identifying potential hazardous areas for trips and falls. It’s important to identify these hazards to determine needed repairs and useful products for your in-house maintenance staff, such as do-it-yourself patch and repair products. Having the products on hand will help to quickly eliminate any safety hazards that may arise.
Do you know the coefficient of friction (COF) on your floors? The COF is the ratio between the force necessary to move one surface horizontally over another and the pressure between the two surfaces. Not only is this extremely important for risk management purposes, but having a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) reduces risk for slips and helps to provide you with a slip and skid-resistant surface. A DCOF of greater than 0.42 helps keep your floors multi-functional and safe for customers and employees while also meeting the minimum set by the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). Understanding and documenting the DCOF of your floors can help you maintain a safe work environment.
Safety Striping and Demarcation
Including safety lines and demarcation to your floors is a recommended way to increase the safety of your floors for your employees. This can include adding designated walkways to prevent equipment or forklift injuries, as well as adding directional marking to ensure that traffic flows in the correct direction and equipment designation to keep everyone safe.
Not sure if you have any safety hazards?
A thorough safety inspection can help identify potential safety hazards, helping to prevent any slips, trips or falls. This involves looking for any spalling, cracks, holes or damaged joints from heavy equipment or wear and tear. The inspection includes photos and written documentation as well as recommendations for repairs. Getting these areas repaired will provide a safer environment for employees and customers.
Keep up with the condition of your floors to ensure that your employees and customers are all as safe as possible. Regular patch, repair and maintenance can go a long way in keeping potential hazards in your commercial floors at bay. Get started and lessen the risk of slips, trips and falls on your floors today.