Are you responsible for floor safety?
Many businesses report slipping accidents as the biggest cause of major injuries. Your business has a duty of care to keep people safe. Your business there may a number of people who can affect floor safety:
If you'd like to know more about the laws and guidelines relating to floor safety then please Contact SlipAlert
Whenever you lay a new or replacement floor, you should test it. Testing the floor will protect you and your business. Testing the floor takes seconds and offers many benefits for you and for your clients. We can help you to protect your business and to profit from floor testing. Contact SlipAlert
Protect your people and your business
You have a duty of care to protect staff from risks and protecting them from slip risks makes great sense. Slips are the biggest cause of major injuries for people at work. In the UK that equates to 10,000+ people suffering major injuries while at work every year. 30,000 people suffer 3 day injuries and there may be as many as 1.2 million slipping incidents while people are at work. An injured colleague is always a concern, and especially if your business is negligent and may be sued. To learn how to protect your people and protect your business contact SlipAlert
New floors can create a legacy of problems
When you lay a new floor or replace a floor you should check that it is suitable for purpose. If it is slippery in normal use then it will cost you. You will need to spend money cleaning and maintaining the floor to manage the slip risk and that could cost you a lot more than it would to specify and purchase a safe floor. Getting the right new floor that can be cleaned an maintained easily and will maintain its slip resistance is always the better option. For details of how to specify, select and test new floors contact SlipAlert.
Cleaning and maintenance contribute to slip risk
Floors can become slippery, especially if the cleaning and maintenance does not consider slip risks. Simple things like changing the time of cleaning can cause slipping accidents if the floor has a high risk when wet. Monitoring slip risk of floors will give you management information that will improve your cleaning and maintenance. To discover how monitoring slip risks canal save you time and money Contact SlipAlert .
Test every new floor
Whenever you lay a floor or refurbish an existing floor you should test it. Testing the slip risk (both wet and dry) will protect you and your people. The test results will be useful for managing cleaning and maintenance, and they could protect you from future problems. Testing a floor is easy, it costs very little and it could save you time, money and future problems. For more information contact SlipAlert.
It could cost you if you don't test
One of the major construction firms got an unpleasant surprise when a car park they had built 3 years earlier became slippery. They had no records of testing the floor when it was new, so they had to spend £1000's having independent experts measure the floor and consider where it was slippery and whether it was suitable when it was laid. You can avoid similar issues and avoid unexpected future problems by testing every floor you lay. Understanding slip risks costs nothing. For the best advice and guidance on slip prevention contact SlipAlert.
What if the floor is slippery?
Most new floors will measure a low risk of slipping when they are clean and dry. If the floor is designed to be kept clean and dry then a measure of the dry slip risk will protect you. If the floor is designed to cope with wet conditions then it should achieve 136 STV (SlipAlert Test Value) or better when clean and wet. If you test the new floor and it does not achieve 136 or better (36 PTV) then you should advise your client to put in place controls for when the floor is wet. For more information on HSE / UKSRG and international standards please contact SlipAlert.
What if there is no specification for slip risk?
Every new floor should have a specification for slip risk based on its function.
Wet Floors: Pools, shower rooms and places that will become wet during normal use
- Dry Areas: areas of floor that should never become wet /contaminated in normal use
Transitional Areas: areas of floor that are normally kept clean and dry but where there is an unavoidable risk that they may be wet when in use - e.g. entrance areas, or dry side changing rooms (people walking in with wet feet)
What is the law on floor slip risk?
There is a legal obligation on every employer to provide flooring that is safe for staff and for customers. The definition of what is safe varies. Floors with a 130 STV or better in all conditions will provide a very low risk for slipping, but not every floor will achieve 130 STV in normal use.
Wet Floors: You may need to test both hard rubber (standard for footwear) and soft rubber (standard for barefoot)
Dry Areas: You must test the dry slip risk (usually low risk), but you should also know the wet slip risk in case the floor is mopped or wet occasionally
Transitional Areas: Any area of floor that can become wet in normal use should be tested for wet and dry slip risk and should be tested with normal in use levels of contamination
For more information
Slip prevention is now easier than ever because it is now possible to measure the slip risk of any floor. We are working with flooring suppliers, facilities management companies, anti-slip coatings, flooring associations, cleaning companies and with major clients in the UK, Europe, and around the world to raise awareness and develop best practice in floor safety. If you would like to know more about slip testing, floor safety, or slip prevention then please contact SlipAlert.
Slips and trips are responsible for nearly 40% of all serious accidents.
There are 40 minor slips for every serious slip accident.
Some UK swimming pools report having had as many as 8 slip accidents per day.
Every three minutes, in the UK alone, there is a serious injury caused by a slip.
Most slip accidents are preventable.
Talk to SlipAlert today
HSE believe that at least 50% of all slip accidents could be prevented. Slips mostly occur on floors that are wet or have other contamination or a combination of contamination and water.
Mopping up spills can make the floor more prone to slips.
40% of industrial accidents start with a slip.
When people walk fast or turn, they are more likely to slip.
Talk to your H&S Adviser today.
As an employer, you have a "Duty of Care" to ensure your floors are safe for employees and customers.
The Employers Duty of Care:
“Your employer has a 'duty of care' to ensure, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you're at work.” www.directgov.co.uk
HSE recommend regular monitoring of floors will reduce slip accidents.
Many things can change the slip resistance of your floor including:
"SlipAlert should be regarded as a good indication of available friction, lending itself to risk assessment, monitoring of floor surfaces and evaluating & monitoring cleaning regimes"
Most slips start with a heel strike...
When you are walking or running, slips can occur when your heel strikes the ground. The greater the horizontal force and the lower the vertical force the more likely you are to slip.
Most slips happen
A SlipAlert Test Value STV of less than 136 means there is less than 1 in a million chance of somebody slipping on your floor.
People mostly stand with 2 feet on the ground. When we walk we usually have one floor on the ground. When we run we will at times have no feet on the ground. You can improve floor safety by changing the way people move on high risk floors.
Employers Duty of Care
“Your employer has a 'duty of care' to ensure, as far as possible, your health, safety and welfare while you're at work.”
Many floors last for 20 year or more. during that time, parts of the floor may become accident black spots if a spill has not been cleaned properly.
When pushing a trolley you require greater traction. That is why it is often difficult to get a grip on the floor when pushing a heavily laden supermarket trolley.