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Preventing Slips and Trips with Ecotile’s Anti-Slip Flooring

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:

  1. Uneven floor surfaces
  2. Unsuitable flooring
  3. Wet floors
  4. Oil spillages
  5. Floors that are poorly maintained and cleaned
  6. Poor lighting
  7. Dry floors with wood dust or powder
  8. Polished or freshly waxed floors
  9. Loose flooring, carpeting or mats
  10. Transition from one floor type to another
  11. Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
  12. Damaged or irregular steps; no handrails
  13. Sloped walking surfaces
  14. Electrical cords or cables
  15. Weather hazards – rain, sleet, ice, snow, hail, frost

Employer Obligations

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.

Risk Assessments

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:

  1. Clear, easy to read signs indicating hazardous areas and designated vehicle and pedestrian traffic routes
  2. Cleaning up spillages quickly
  3. Ensure suitable footwear is worn
  4. Improve the quality and positioning of lighting
  5. Install anti-slip flooring
  6. Display “Wet Floor” signs as needed
  7. 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.

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