People rarely slip on a clean, dry floor. Contamination is involved in almost all slip accidents, that is anything that ends up on a floor, eg rain water, oil, dust etc. If a floor has a smooth surface (eg standard vinyl, ceramic tiles or varnished wood), even a tiny amount of contamination can be a real slip problem.
Contamination can be introduced by the work activity or by cleaning.
What should you do?
Identify where the contamination is coming from:
- cleaning activity
- from footwear
Consider how to stop the contamination reaching the floor, ie:
- drip trays
- review working practices
- entrance matting
If contamination is inevitable, identify other controls to avoid slips, ie:
- flooring type
Identify the correct cleaning procedure for floors:
Encourage a 'See it, sort it!' mentality to deal with hazards quickly, eg dealing with a spillage, instead of waiting for someone else to deal with it. See Slips and trips - Hazard spotting checklist and Stop spills in kitchens: A good practice guide.
- Slips and trips - Hazard spotting checklist
- Preventing slips and trips at work INDG 225(rev1)
- Injury caused by a slip in a kitchen