Falling, slipping and tripping cause more fatal and major injuries to workers (employees and self-employed) than any other workplace-related injury. Could anti slip solutions help prevent this?
Infact, during 2015, 144 workers were killed as a result of a workplace accident. But Anti slip solutions could reduce this.
It is important to maintain safe working conditions, regardless of whether you work inside or outside. At Maker Coating Online, as specialists in paints and coatings we’ve produced a guide on the most effective ways to prevent these injuries with anti slip solutions.
1.Identify potential hazards
First and foremost, it is important to look for potential slip and trip hazards – check floor coverings and uneven ground, trailing cables and areas prone to spillage.
Furthermore, do not forget to observe any outdoor areas, and take into consideration the effect that weather conditions – such as ice, snow and rain – may have on the working area.
What are the most common hazards?
- Wet or oily surfaces
- Changes in walkway levels and slopes
- Seasonal and weather hazards
- Unsafe use of ladders
- Poor lighting
- Falls from beds of trucks, trailers or loads
- Smoke, steam or dust obscuring view
- Debris and cables in walkways
- Lack of guardrails on mezzanines and balconies
- Unsuitable footwear
- Poorly maintained equipment (ladders, fall arrest, etc.)
2.Follow general housekeeping rules
Proper housekeeping management should be part of every worker’s daily routine. As well as keeping yourself safe, it’s important to be wary of potential hazards to others in the vicinity. General tidiness, for example, will certainly lower the risk of injury and accidents in the workplace.
3.Reduce wet and slippery surfaces
There are times when you may be engrossed in a job or important task, rather than remaining attentive to the surroundings and conditions you are working in. A simple tea spillage is enough to cause someone to trip. In places like retail stores and areas of heavy traffic, it is important to be vigilant when it comes to spillages and damp caused by workers and the public.
- Keep internal and external floors clean and in good repair condition
- Use anti-slip paint wherever possible
4.Utilise indoor control measures
If you cannot clean or remove a spillage immediately, stay with it and ask a co-worker to bring you a wet floor sign and products to clear it up. This way there will be no confusion as to where the spillage is and it will be easily avoidable.
- Use anti-skid adhesive tape on dangerous surfaces
- Use proper rugs or mats for food preparation areas
5.Avoid creating obstacles
Unattended items and obstacles cause a huge amount of trips and falls in a working environment, this is why it is crucial to remove anything that may be blocking the way. Whether you work in an office or a factory, keeping the floor clear is a basic health and safety regulation that must be put into practice.
- Keep all work areas, passageways, storerooms and service stations clean and orderly
- Avoid stringing cords, cables or air hoses across hallways or in designated aisles
- In office areas, avoid leaving boxes, files or briefcases in the aisles
- Encourage safe work practices such as closing file cabinet drawers after use and picking up loose items from the floor
- Conduct periodic inspections for slip and trip hazards
6.Use anti-slip paint
Anti-slip coatings at Maker Coating Online are perfect for indoor and outdoor use and provide a quality and long-lasting finish. Non-slip paint could be your ultimate solution to the prevention of slips and trips. Once you’ve covered the other points, high-grip coatings are ideal around machinery and floors that are prone to becoming slippery when wet.
Where can anti-slip paint be used?
- Factory floors
- Swimming pools
- Care homes
As a professional industrial paints and coatings company, we understand what coatings are required and where. If you’d like to learn more, please contact a member of our technical team today.