Ways To Reduce Slips And Falls In The Food And Drink Industry
It has been estimated that slips and trips injuries are about 35% of ‘major’ injuries in the food and drink industries. Food and beverage spills, damaged flooring, torn carpets, and poor lighting are creating slip and fall accidents. Here are some ways to prevent those.
Ensure that the floors have the correct slip resistance.
A slip occurs when there is minimal traction between the shoes and the walking surface.
Combining that with water, grease, oils and other common restaurant contaminants and the result is an almost certain bone injury. For such occasions the Altro Stronghold 30 is perfect as it has the highest rating for slip resistance (PTV ≥55, R12).
Have a floor with sustained slip resistance
Restaurant, café and bar floors are experiencing a lot of foot traffic. Choosing a safety floor is only the beginning as the slip resistance deteriorates over time. So it is recommended to opt for a sustained slip resistance up to 25 years.
Clean and maintain the floors regularly
Even the most slip-resistant floor will become dangerous if not maintained properly. Cleaning detergents, sealers, and waxes all have an important impact on slip resistance. Using the wrong maintenance products and techniques can be detrimental to the slip resistance of the flooring.
In the commercial kitchens, an eroded surface can harbour harmful bacteria which can potentially find their way into a customer’s meals. Clean and well-maintained floors are a must.
Ensure a smooth and seamless transition between floorings
Raised structures and transitions can contribute to accidental trips and impede movement. These include tears in carpets and floorings being warped from moisture and subpar installation.
A simple seamless transition with heat welding or other means gives a uniform look while preventing tripping incidents.
Install contrasting LRVs to clearly identify surface changes
Light Reflectance Values (LRVs) measure the contrast of the light on a zero to 100 scale. Alerting people where to step is always an advantage. The contrasting LRVs are a great way to signal a step up or down and are perfect for busy staff or customers not familiar with the layout.