IS NO ACCIDENT
We have all experienced
slippery conditions sometime during our lives. It is not necessary to have
mathematical formulas or sophisticated pieces of equipment to tell us when a floor is
slippery and dangerous.
If we are relying strictly on our own senses to detect slippery
conditions, it will most likely be to late. The accident will have occurred.
NO floor can be made 100% risk free from slip/falls, so it becomes essential to make
avoidance a major part of safety procedures. Avoidance should include full
restoration of floor conditions with routine training, housekeeping, and
inspections. This can be accomplished by developing and maintaining an active
slip/fall prevention program.
After careful study and analysis of our data the following "SLIP/FALL" PREVENTION PROGRAM
was designed. The program implements the technical and scientific facts found
during this study to develop a practical system for reducing the possibility of slip/fall
accidents. Conditions likely to cause slip/falls are eliminated and replaced with
safer conditions. This program for slip/fall prevention is guaranteed to
substantially reduce the problems that create slip/falls.
FIVE EASY STEPS
STEP ONE: HOW TO ATTAIN AND MAINTAIN THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE
FLOOR TRACTION AT ALL TIMES.
1 -Begin by immediately cleaning the floor surface with our
pHluorus cleaner to remove all inorganic and organic deposits from the pore surface of the
2 -Start a daily or regular floor cleaning program using pHluorus to
keep grease, stains, fats and oils from clogging the pores. Regular use of pHluorus
will eliminate the need of repeating STEP ONE.
3 - Spills, liquids, and broken materials must be cleaned up right
away. Mark them clearly with signs until removed.
4 - Cracks, holes, broken tiles, and uneven floor surfaces create
potential accidents. These should be reported and repaired immediately.
STEP TWO: START YOUR OWN FLOOR SAFETY EDUCATION
1 - Brief, informative, training sessions should be held regularly
on floor safety. All personnel should be informed of hazards associated with
slippery floors and how they can assist in keeping the floors in the workplace safer.
2 - High-risk surface areas need to be located. Inform all
personnel to execute extra caution in those areas. ALL hazards such as open floor
drains, protruding machine parts, boxes stored on the floor, cables or cords should be
identified as potential risks.
3 - Someone should be assigned to floor safety on every shift with
established written responsibilities.
4 - On floor areas where high risk exists, good lighting should be
5 - Inform personnel that most slip/falls occur during the busy
hours. Hurrying can cause accidents.
6 -Emphasis should be placed on utilizing and respecting all floor
7 - Abrupt stops, starts, and turns should be kept to a
minimum. Proper walking techniques should be stressed: short steps with toes
pointed inward when crossing wet floor.
8 - Greasy or wet shoes on a greasy floor is asking for
trouble. Provide mats, rugs, or cloth rags to wipe off greasy or wet footwear.
9 -Obtain and utilize floor safety program wall chart.
10 -Provide on-going floor safety sessions with new personnel.
STEP THREE:DEVELOP PRECISE MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES AND TRAIN YOUR
1 -Insist that safe footwear be worn at all times.
2 -Teach proper cleaning and storage of all equipment when cleaning
is complete. Mop buckets, mops, brooms, electrical cords, brushes, and squeegees can
cause trips and slip/falls.
3 -Don't allow horseplay.
4 - Instructional floor maintenance and safety wall charts should be
provided and insist that all procedures be followed step by step.
5 -Floor maintenance procedures should be followed carefully and
additional time spent on high risk areas.
6 -Teach the use of floor warning signs.
7 -Train floor maintenance personnel to maintain floors for safety
and slip resistance as well as cleanliness and health reasons.
STEP FOUR:ESTABLISH BASIC DO'S AND DON'TS ABOUT FLOOR SAFETY.
1 -Don't allow use of greasy or dirty mops. Greasy mops
will spread greases and oils over the floor.
2 -Don't allow running or "horseplay" at any time on floor
3 -Don't wax or seal stone floors if avoidable. It will fill
floor pores and cause increased potential for slippage.
4 -Do provide absorbent materials for quick response for spills or
5 -Do provide ongoing floor safety training program for all new
6 -Do stress good housekeeping to all employees.
STEP FIVE: IMPLEMENT A REGULAR FLOOR INSPECTION PROGRAM.
1 -Appoint a floor safety committee consisting of a cross
section of personnel to include management and floor maintenance personnel.
2 -Develop a simple written floor inspection program.
3 -This program will identify potential risk areas for slips and
falls to allow for correction before paying for accident claims, lost work hours and
additional insurance costs.
4 -Interview and survey personnel to collect data about the local
floor risk areas.
The above floor safety program is guaranteed to substantially reduce
the potential for slip/falls when it includes floor cleaning and treatment with pHluorus
pHluorus FLOOR SAFETY EVALUATION FORM
VISUAL AND PHYSICAL INSPECTION LIST
YES NO COMMENTS
1. Are aisles open & free of
2. Were wet mops greasy or
3. Notice anything that might cause
4. Was absorbent material present for spills
5. Was there a floor safety person on
6. Any spills or debris on
7. Any open drains or protruding
8. Does the grouting appear
9. Was proper footwear being worn by
10. Are mops & Brooms clean & properly stored?
11. Any horseplay
12. Are entrance mats present?
13. Are there mineral build-ups on
14. Are floor safety signs being
15. Does floor need initial
16. Were floors & stairways well
17. Were slippery conditions
18. Was floor damaged or
1. Any floor safety violations
2. Any risk area or slippery floor
3. Any slips or falls
4. Were proper cleaning procedures
5. Were all workers trained in floor
General Safety Conditions of Floor Inspected:
Excellent Good Poor
My recommendations to management for action to be taken to remedy
the problems identified above are as follows: