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How to prevent slips and falls? - EIC Laboratory & Testing

How to prevent slips and falls

  1. Ensure a slip rating was initially specified and adhered to for your space. (Most flooring suppliers do not guarantee the flooring will meet the advertised slip rating once installed).

  2. Once new flooring has been installed, you must slip test your floor on site. Slip ratings can vary between lab and on site testing.

  3. Ensure the company you use for your slip compliance and testing is NATA accredited.

  4. Use cleaning products conducive to retaining grip and not reducing it throughout the cleaning process.

  5. Perform regular cleaning and maintenance, this will keep your floors as non-slip as possible for as long as possible.

  6. Continue to have regular slip resistance testing performed and rectify any non-compliance immediately.

In addition, you should also:

  1. Mop up or sweep any debris from floors regularly.

  2. Clean up any spills immediately and mark wet areas with appropriate signs.

  3. Remove any obstacles from passage ways or anywhere there is a lot of foot traffic and try to keep clutter free.

  4. Ensure there is somewhere to wipe wet feet upon entering a building especially when wet weather outside.

  5. Ensure there is adequate lighting in the area.

  6. Ensure surfaces are even with no variations in height from one surface to another.

  7. Recoating or replacing floors that have a higher slip rating.

  8. Install mats, or grip strips on surfaces.

  9. Keep your flooring in good condition at all times.

Along with these very important things you should: - EIC Laboratory & Testing

NATA - ACCREDITED - AS 4663:2013 - AS 4586:2013 - SLIP TESTING

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