Floor Cleaning to Minimise Slips, Trips, Falls and Legal Action

The Importance of Professional Cleaning in the Battle against Compensation Culture

Slips and trips are amongst the most common causes of injuries in the workplace. Injuries in the workplace can be escalated very quickly and turn into a compensation claim and the costs to industry are extravagant, reaching over £500 million per year. That’s not to mention the innumerable amount of human cost and the pain many live with due to their injury.

Floor cleaning is integral to avoiding slip and trip accidents and to limit the chance of legal action being brought against any business. New legislation has been launched to change things slightly but essentially a professionally cleaned and maintained floor is the best way to avoid accidents in the workplace.

Floor cleaning reduces instances of slips, trips and falls

Change to “slips and trips” legislation

Since 31st July 2013 uncontested claims for compensation for injuries in the workplace or in a public place will be able to be passed through a simpler, fast-tracked legal system. It is designed to reduce the amount defendants and/or their insurers have to pay in legal fees and will make no difference to the final sum the compensation victim would receive in the instance of a genuine claim.

Insurance premiums have become excessively expensive for businesses to cover any possible instances of accident. Some businesses have been forced to call off events due to the excessive insurance premiums and this new legislation is designed to make it less expensive to organise the right level of cover.

Uncontested claims for compensation up to £25,000 for workplace injuries or in public places will now be able to be dealt with in the out-of-court Claims Portal.

Clean Floors for Company Protection

The most effective way of managing the risk of slip and trip hazards in the workplace and in public places is to put actionable solutions in place. Simple, inexpensive services can help you avoid the considerable cost of a potential court case or out of court settlement worth up to £25,000.

Consulting with a professional cleaning firm who utilise industry standard chemicals, such as Jangro cleaning chemicals and janitorial supplies that will help you understand the level of care and cleaning needed for the types of floor in your business premises. Professionals can also provide you with the guidelines necessary for storing cleaning equipment and chemicals such as Jangro Wet Look Floor Polish and Jangro Neutral Floor Cleaner

Floor cleaning is essential in controlling the risk of slip and trip accidents as there are a range of things that can result in a slip or trip accident and subsequent injury. Floor surface contamination such as water, dust or oil can be a main factor in slip accidents and keeping them clean and removing the contamination will reduce the risk of accidents.

Properly cleaning will also present any potential trip hazards such as wires. Whilst you’re in the process cleaning an area the wires from the machine you’re using can pose a threat. Equally a wet floor can be dangerous as it’s not always visible from a distance. Using wet floor signs will limit the risk of employees or customers suffering an injury.

Almost every slip hazard takes place when the floor is unclean whilst trip hazards can occur due to general untidiness or unthinking attitudes when cleaning. Understanding the importance of cleaning could save your business a potentially huge outlay if the worst were to happen.

Helpful Tips - Effective Floor care practices to minimise the risks

An effective floor care maintenance regime will provide benefits that will improve the room’s aesthetics, make an improvement to the overall environment, makes for easier cleaning and importantly provides improved slip resistance.

There are several procedures that building owners, cleaning companies and others can take to minimise the risk of accidents involving slips and falls.

For example, areas where water is present or spills can occur should be monitored.    Spilled food and drinks can create slippery conditions on the floor, and any spills should be cleaned up as soon as they occur.  Consider the use of Barrier mats for use inside the entrance of doors before and during wet and bad weather.  

Wet mopping or floor polish stripping and floor polishing should be undertaken outside of normal working hours in order to minimise the amount of pedestrian traffic.

Regardless of the time of day or night always use Wet Floor signs when cleaning is taking place.  The floor cleaning staff should also verbally warn people who may walk across the floor that it might be slippery.

Work with the cleaning staff to keep accurate records on the maintenance of floor surfaces. The records should detail the products used on the floor, the maintenance programme used for the floor surface, how often and who performs these tasks. Remember to keep track of the records log, perform routine inspections of the floor and record your findings and feedback any identified improvements.

For further advice on your floor care concerns or help with floor care training please contact Wray Bros.