Managing a business or plant is no easy task. One of the most important things managers and owners need to consider is safety. Preventing employees and visitors from falling victim to accidents requires constant vigilance, strong processes and the right materials. Slips, trips and falls are among the most common accidents in the workplace, partially because they can happen anywhere. Whether the workplace is a store, factory, construction site or office, at some point, there will be a hazard that can lead to a slip, trip or fall. An article from Reliable Plant discusses several things that can be done to help mitigate the risks of slip, trip and fall accidents.
- Inspections: Performing regular inspections helps to ensure the discovery and fixing of any hazards. Depending on the size and inherent danger of your workplace, it may be best to hire a dedicated safety manager to handle inspections and the correction of hazards. That can free you as the manager or owner to handle your other duties without having to worry about making sure your workers and visitors are safe. After you or your safety manager has conducted an inspection, a plan needs to be created and enacted to mitigate the risks and hazards discovered. In terms of slips, trips and falls, sometimes all that is necessary to mitigate a risk is a sign. “Wet Floor” and “Watch Your Step” inform people of a hazard, allowing them to act accordingly to stay safe.
- Lighting: Hazards are easier to avoid when they can be seen. Proper lighting in corridors, stairways, windowless area and outdoor walkways can help people see obstructions, changes in flooring levels, and promote security at night.
- Flooring: Choosing the proper flooring for your situation can greatly decrease the chances of slips, trips and falls. High traffic areas like entranceways benefit greatly from anti slip flooring due to water being tracked in from outside. Stairways, as a common slip, trip and fall hazard, should always have a non slip tread or nosing to increase safety. Take into account that outdoor areas or indoor areas often exposed to water or oil may need a rust/corrosion resistant metal option. Raised flooring on catwalks and roof walkways will likely need a lightweight slip resistant flooring option.
SlipNOT® Metal Safety Flooring offers a variety of metal flooring options than can decrease the slip, trip and fall hazards of a workplace. SlipNOT® far exceeds all recommendations set by safety regulatory agencies, including OSHA, ADA, ASTM, NFP, ANSI and UL. Flooring options from floor plate to ladder rungs to grating to more are available in steel, stainless steel and aluminum and can be order in stock sizes ore customized to fit your needs. SlipNOT® is also proud to be registered by NSF International for use in the food processing industry and ISO 9001:2015 certified.
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Resources: “How to Mitigate Safety Risks in the Workplace” by Barry Eagle