6 Floor-Cleaning Practices to Help Prevent Slips and Falls

Slips and falls are some of the most common workplace employee injuries—and they can hurt customers, as well. Thankfully, they are also one of the easiest injuries to prevent. Incorporate these six steps into your maintenance program to help keep employees, customers, and visitors safe.

  1. Identify specific contaminants. Depending on the nature of your business, your floors might frequently come into contact with grease, oil, sand, or dirt. Select a cleaner that effectively breaks down your problem contaminant and leaves the floor truly clean.
  2. Establish a written floor-cleaning protocol. For each contaminant, include cleaning details such as: concentration in water, temperature of water, application process, rinse recommendations, and manufacturer recommendations.
  3. Provide appropriate tools. Make sure your maintenance crew has the tools they need to get the job done well, such as mops, buckets, deck brushes, and squeegees. To avoid cross-contamination, designate specific tools for specific areas.
  4. Implement a floor-cleaning schedule. By having a clear schedule that identifies the employee responsible and the time of day that cleaning occurs, you can ensure that a process is consistently followed and hazards are reduced.
  5. Establish a training program and inform employees. This will help ensure that all personnel responsible for inspection, maintenance, and cleaning are on the same page. Make sure employees are clearly informed and understand cleaning requirements and procedures, safe handling and disposal of chemicals, emergency operations, and record keeping and reporting processes.
  6. Conduct routine inspections. Regularly inspect for floor wear, damage, debris, and contaminants. If any repairs are needed, clearly communicate with your facilities or maintenance department.

When it comes to keeping your employees and customers safe, preventing slips and falls is a must. But did you know that slips and falls are not actually the top cause of workplace injuries? To learn more about the most common workplace injuries, please visit the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.


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