Maintaining a safe and secure facility is essential to your company’s ongoing productivity and profitability in the competitive marketplace. You can reduce the risks of slip-and-fall accidents within your facilities in a few different ways. These strategies can promote the safest environment for your workers and guests to your business premises while ensuring that you stay on the right side of federal and state safety regulations. Here are six of the most practical ways to improve safety and reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents at your New Jersey facility.
Upgrade Your Flooring
Updating your facility to incorporate modern non-slip surfaces will often help you to reduce the risk of a slip-and-fall accident that could result in injuries to one of your staff members. By upgrading to these modern flooring options, your company can prevent many accidents that could affect the health and morale of your employees and the safety of your facility. If you are planning a major renovation, slip-resistant flooring can be a solid investment in the safety and well-being of your staff members and guests to your premises now and in the future.
Manage Leaks Promptly
Water leaks from pipes, fixtures, windows and roofs are significant risk factors for slip-and-fall incidents and potential injuries. Addressing these issues promptly and effectively is essential to promote the safest environment for your workers and the most practical solutions for protecting your facility and the equipment and inventory stored in it. Scheduling roof repairs and plumbing inspections will provide the most positive protection for your facility.
Make a Safety Plan
Your facility manager should designate one or more people to take responsibility for monitoring and dealing with hazards that may occur within your facility. These individuals will be tasked with checking on the condition of floors and other potentially dangerous areas in your buildings and with ensuring the safety of guests and employees within your facilities.
Use Appropriate Signage
When mopping or performing other cleaning tasks within your facilities, it is essential to put up warning signs alerting your staff members of the possible danger that wet floors can pose. These signs are especially important in lobbies and other public spaces. By letting your staff members and guests to your buildings know that floors may be wet or slick in a particular area, you can mitigate the risks of slip-and-fall accidents in these areas of your business.
Pay Attention to Breakrooms, Bathrooms and Kitchens
Spills and leaks are much more common in areas with faucets and fixtures. Making sure that your breakrooms, bathrooms and kitchen areas are leak-free and that no standing water or other liquid is on the floor of these areas will help you to reduce the risk of slip-and-fall accidents that could cause injuries and downtime for your employees.
Watch the Weather
Snow and ice can easily be tracked in from outside to your lobby or to the entrance areas of your facilities. By making sure these areas are clean and dry after a major winter storm, you will lower the chance of a slip-and-fall accident that could cause serious injuries for staff members, customers and guests to your business premises.
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