4 ways to keep your building slip free

Everybody wants to look after the well-being of their customers and employees and one way to do this is by keeping your building slip free. See below the 4 ways we recommend to help keep your building slip free:

  • Matting

Wet floors are caused by dirt and water being bought in from the outside or from spillages in areas such as kitchens where they are prone to happen.

Entrance matting is key to stopping water and dirt being bought further into your building, which can then cause slips to occur. However, the entrances to a building aren’t the only places that slips are prevalent; toilets, kitchens and flooring by vending machines are all areas that are prone to having wet floors. Look below to see how safety flooring can help keep your building slip free.

  • Safety flooring

Areas such as kitchens, canteens, bars, vending machines and anywhere else where there are people working with liquids, will be prone to spillages. These areas can become slippery, and therefore safety flooring is often a good solution for this.

Non-slip matting can be used to catch any spillages and to prevent slips. You
can either choose a mat with drainage holes, so that the liquid falls away from the standing surface, or a mat with a damn type system which will catch the liquids until they are cleaned away.

If there is the possibility of grease and oils making their way onto floors, this can cause a huge slip hazard. Non-slip mats are a great solution for this which provide traction underfoot to prevent slips and falls. You should use grease proof non-slip matting in these areas, which prevents the mats from becoming damaged by the grease and oil and will keep them performing for longer.

  • Regular cleaning and maintenance programmes

Having a regular cleaning and maintenance programme can help ensure that your premises is clean, safe and tidy and will also help in preventing unnecessary accidents.

The areas in a building that are used more regularly or have a higher footfall should be checked more regularly as they are more likely to become dirty and messy at a faster rate. If these areas are also likely to become wet (entrances in bad weather or toilets for example), these will also need regular checks.

  • Wet floor signs

Wet floor signs are a great way to alert your customers or employees to a potentially dangerous slippery floor, but they should only be used whilst the wet floor is being cleaned up, which will be the real prevention for slips.

We want to help you prevent your floors from becoming wet in the first place, which will help to keep your building slip free, as well as reduce the number of wet floor signs!

If you already have your regular cleaning and maintenance programme in place (see above), you will be able to identify which areas are prone to having wet floors (usually areas such as entrances, kitchen, toilets, or near a vending machine are prone to spillages or wet floors). Now you have highlighted the problem areas, you can try and prevent these areas from getting wet in the first place.

This could include the following;

Training the workforce on what they should do if they notice a spillage or wet floor

Use anti-slip safety flooring in areas such as kitchens and toilets

Using non-slip matting in areas prone to drips and spillages

Want to ensure a slip free building?

Please take a look at our range of non-slip mats and entrance mats to help you work towards your slip free building.  If you are unsure which mats you need, or have a problem area that you would like to discuss with someone, please do not hesitate to contact Health and Safety Mats on 0121 313 6747, or you can email us at sales@healthandsafetymats.co.uk.

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