How To Deal With A Slippery Floor Surface In Your Business

4Earth Solutions is a specialist in floor safety. Many businesses are unaware that the major cause of accidents in the workplace is slips, trips, and falls, and many of these are the result of a floor surface which, while it may be regularly cleaned, is actually dangerous.

This can be because of the material of which the floor is made, or it could be temporarily dangerous because of spills which have not been cleaned up. It can also be the result of wear and tear from heavy foot traffic over the years.

Notwithstanding the reason, the problem is that slips and trips are the major cause of serious injury in the workplace, and furthermore all businesses have a legal obligation to keep their floors as safe as is possible for that very reason.

So how do you know if your floor surface is safe or not? Actually, it is quite simple and not expensive to find out. There is a test that can be carried out by a specialist floor safety company such as ourselves called the Pendulum Test which uses a small portable piece of equipment which can measure your floor slipperiness on a sliding scale. The "magic number" is 36, and if your floor scores above this it is deemed to be safe.

That's all well and good, but what do you do if it is regarded as dangerous?

Well, there are a couple of things that you can do to ensure floor safety, the most obvious of which is to see to it that any spills are mopped up immediately they are noticed. Whatever type of surface you have, you should carry out floor deep cleaning at least every year.

If your floor fails the pendulum test, which replicates the action of a heel striking the floor surface, you can have an anti-slip floor coating applied to it. The type of coating can vary quite considerably depending on the type of floor surface to be treated, but we produce a range of floor coatings to cover almost every type of surface.

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