Benefits and Uses of Safety Flooring in Offices
The Health and Safety Executive states that over 21,000 slips and trips were reported in the year 2014 -2015. This accounts for more than one-third of employee injuries.
Not only are slips and trips the most common cause of injury at work, but they can also lead to further types of serious accidents. This includes falls from height. In addition to this, over half of all injuries to the public are as a result of slips and trips (RIDDOR).
Regarding the law, there are three main acts to consider.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 necessitates that employers ensure the health and safety of all their employees. This alongside anyone who might be affected by their work, so far as is sensibly practical.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 oblige employers to assess risks and to act to address them where necessary.
The Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992. With particular reference to flooring, the regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable for the workplace. They should be in a good state of repair and free from obstruction.
So the right flooring is essential to fulfilling these requirements and ensure that the risk of trips and slips is minimised.
What can employers do to prevent slips and trips?
Carry out a risk assessment. How could accidents happen and what can you do to prevent them? Are your floors safe enough? There are lots of easy measures that can be taken to help minimise risks.
For example, have procedures in place to ensure spillages are cleared quickly and safely. you should also repair any leaks in equipment. This will ensure floors are in a good state of repair and that the correct cleaning products are used to clean them.
Further to this, do you need to consider safety flooring to minimise trips and slips? Or could you put some matting down by the door to minimise water and dirt coming in on shoes and making the floor slippery? Or both?
The benefits of safety flooring in offices
There are a variety of types of safety flooring, designed to suit a range of environments. For example wet floor areas, dry areas and also spaces that are frequently both wet and dry.
They all have non-slip properties, making them ideal for complying with health and safety regulations. Also, they are easy to clean and hygienic, adding to their health and safety benefits. They also tend to be very hard-wearing, so can cope with high traffic and frequent spillages and impacts without becoming damaged.
With slips and trips a major risk in workplaces and public spaces, safety flooring is the ideal way to help prevent accidents and injuries. They also ensure you're complying with health and safety regulations. Getting the right kind of safety flooring for your workplace will depend on how space is used.
A great way to ensure you're getting the right one for you is to talk it through with a flooring specialist. They will be able to recommend the safety flooring most suitable to your needs.