Company changes cleaning methods following accident investigation
An investigation by a local authority environmental health officer
into a slipping accident to an employee at a commercial sales
office and showroom highlighted the need for a review of the
company's cleaning regime in their risk assessment. Entrance
matting was also seen as an area of concern.
The employee had slipped on an area of flooring that had been
mopped but not dried properly. The company's 'General
Procedures and Safety Precautions' had stated 'Do not walk
on wet or newly polished floors', however wet cleaning took
place during working hours when staff were always moving around
It was suggested that cleaning should take place outside work
hours but this was not possible because of security reasons.
Instead the company adopted a new regime which cleaned and dried
floors without leaving them wet. They also made materials available
for staff to spot clean any localised spillages.
The company has now carried out a specific slips and trips risk
assessment, they have increased the size and positioning of their
entrance matting systems as well as introducing the dry cleaning
There have been no further slipping accidents to