Whether it’s your employee or your best customer, a slip and fall can be embarrassing, costly, or both.
Take a few minutes to reduce the risk.
Entrances and exits:
- Use water-absorbent mats to soak up rain, snow and slush.
- Place warning signs visible from all angles on wet floors.
- Position low-profile fans to dry the floor faster. Make sure the fan is out of the way, so no one will trip on it.
- Use non-skid wax in slippery areas, and use soap that does not leave slippery residue.
Throughout the business:
- Keep flooring in good repair to avoid trips.
- If a customer brings in a wet umbrella, immediately offer to store it in a dry place away from the traffic flow.
- Encourage employees to wipe up moisture as part of their primary work duties.
- Avoid throw rugs; they are trip hazards.
- Keep workspaces and walkways clear, clean and well lit.
- For stairways, install a sturdy hand railing and encourage staff to use it.
- Take stairs one step at a time and limit the load you are carrying so you can see the steps.
- Wear appropriate, slip-resistant shoes.
- Slow down, especially around corners, obstacles and doorways.
- Use a correct ladder when accessing items overhead … don’t use a chair, table, bucket or box.
- Ask for help.
- Arrange to have snow and ice removed as soon as safely possible.
- When it snows, assign a staff member to shovel and spread salt/de-icer at specific intervals outside entrances and exits and on sidewalks and parking lots. Keep a log of these activities as proof of your safety focus should someone slip and fall on your property.
- Keep parking lots and entrances well lit.
- Where possible, install a railing on ramps and steps.
Be proactive! Develop a plan and execute!