Not only do wet floors increase the chance of slipping, areas that stay wet can grow mold, fungi and bacteria that cause infections. If you have wet floors, take these simple precautions:
- Provide warning signs for the wet areas.
- If you work with wet processes, maintain drainage, provide dry places for workers to stand, if possible, or provide waterproof footgear.
- Make sure employees report spills and/or clean the up immediately.
- In slippery areas, treat floors with no-skid waxes or coat surfaces with grit to improve traction.
Aisles & Passageways
Walkways should be clear for workers to safely walk through without dodging clutter, cords and other hazards. Here are a few things to look out for:
- Make sure electrical equipment can be plugged into wall sockets or floor plugs, so that cords don't run across the floor.
- If temporary electrical cords run across waling areas, make sure they're taped to the floor or anchored in some way so they are not a tripping hazard.
- Keep exits clear of obstructions
- Aisles and passageways should be wide enough for easy movement, and kept clear of clutter or debris.
- If carpets begin to ripple, have them stretched or re-laid to flatten and prevent tripping.
Provide proper ladders or step ladders for workers who need to climb. Do not use boxes, chairs stools or other makeshift devices to climb. Ladders need to be of adequate height so that employees are tempted to climb higher than the safety instructions recommend.
Call Twist! Our safety specialist will do a complimentary walk through of your office to point out any potential hazards that might be lurking.