Preventing Slips and Trips with Ecotile’s Anti-Slip Flooring
Slips and falls are the most common cause of workplace injuries in the UK. They account for a third of all work injuries.
Although the main priority is the physical safety of employees and members of the public, there are also the costs to consider if an accident or fall occurs. Loss of productivity time, staff on sick leave, higher workplace insurance, litigation costs and compensation costs through personal injury claims can end up costing business owners thousands of pounds.
Here’s a look at the main causes of slips and injuries in the workplace and what employers can do to prevent incidents happening in the first place.
Main Causes of Slips and Injuries In Workplaces:
- Uneven floor surfaces
- Unsuitable flooring
- Wet floors
- Oil spillages
- Floors that are poorly maintained and cleaned
- Poor lighting
- Dry floors with wood dust or powder
- Polished or freshly waxed floors
- Loose flooring, carpeting or mats
- Transition from one floor type to another
- Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
- Damaged or irregular steps; no handrails
- Sloped walking surfaces
- Electrical cords or cables
- Weather hazards – rain, sleet, ice, snow, hail, frost
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), employers have a duty to provide a safe and comfortable working environment and take measures to ensure the safety of employees and members of the public.
To do this they should ensure the flooring is suitable for the purpose and encourage employees to carry out safe work practices and procedures: floors cleaned and maintained regularly and spills cleaned up immediately. They should also perform regular checks to ensure the floors are in good condition.
Routine risk assessments recommended by the HSE include:
• Noting hazards
• Who may be harmed and what areas are at greater risk
• Take measures to lower the risk of slips and falls
• Increase inspections
• Regularly review and update risk assessment forms
• Use the free HSE Slips Assessment Tool
Here’s How To Prevent Slips And Falls At Work:
Preventative measures include:
- Clear, easy to read signs indicating hazardous areas and designated vehicle and pedestrian traffic routes
- Cleaning up spillages quickly
- Ensure suitable footwear is worn
- Improve the quality and positioning of lighting
- Install anti-slip flooring
- Display “Wet Floor” signs as needed
- Use ramp sections to transition from different rooms or floor levels
Benefits of Anti-Slip Flooring
Anti-slip flooring can dramatically reduce slip and fall injuries. By creating a safer and more comfortable working environment, employers also benefit from better productivity.
Ecotile offer anti-slip flooring that is quick and easy to install so there is less disruption to work time. Incredibly durable and hard wearing, it’s suitable for heavy loads and forklifts, while being comfortable to walk on, reducing stress fatigue. All of our tiles have been tested against DIN 51130:2004 standards and are all classified as R10 (Suitable for use in areas where there is an increased risk of slipping due to grease, oil & water) If you wish to see certification and supporting documentation covering the slip resistance of our tiles, contact us here.
Ecotile flooring comes in a choice of 3 surfaces: smooth, slate or raised disk and can be fitted/colour coded to make clear demarcation zones.
For more information on Ecotile’s anti-slip flooring, contact a member of our team today, or visit us online to view our full range of industrial flooring solutions.
Lucinda O’Reilly, Exports & Marketing Director is an integral part of the team that has grown Ecotile Flooring in to the successful manufacturing business it is today. Over the last 20 years she has successfully employed her skills in sales and marketing to ensure Ecotile Flooring is recognised as the market leading manufacturer of PVC interlocking floor tiles. Lucinda’s love of travel means the Ecotile brand is dominant all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asia and India.
To ensure compliance with export regulations Lucinda has gained accreditations from the Chamber of Commerce in Incoterms & Export Licence Controls and Export Procedures & Documentation and has completed the Institute of Export course on Incoterms 2020. She is a member of the Institute of Export, was a finalist in the Natwest Open to Export competition in 2018 and was instrumental in Ecotile Flooring winning a Queen’s Enterprise for International Trade in 2017. Lucinda has recently been interviewed by BBC News and Channel 4 News for her insights on Brexit and is an Export Champion for the Department for International Trade.