The workplace is full of dangers. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the office or on a factory floor, you’ll be facing a number of safety issues every day. Of course, all employers are obliged to undertake risk assessments and then take remedial action to deal with any issues discovered. But, even with the best of intentions, it’s impossible to eliminate all risks.
One area that is hard to tackle is slips and falls. Despite having risk assessments, slips and falls can happen due to slippery floors, unseen obstacles, and other issues. The result can be a serious injury. That means compensation payouts, investigations, and even a tarnished reputation.
Fortunately, you can eliminate most of the risk and the liability by adding slip-resistant flooring to the workplace.
Introducing Epoxy Flooring
There are a number of epoxy floor coatings on the market, allowing you to choose the colour you prefer or even the style of the floor. Epoxy flooring is disruptive to install as the best approach is to strip an old floor, treat existing concrete, and then add the epoxy.
In short, it’s a job best handled by the professionals.
But, you should note that epoxy flooring is very durable, it can last 10-20 years, making it an excellent business investment.
Alongside this, it is non-slip, practically eliminating any unexpected slips. Of course, it can’t eliminate any possibility of accidents, human error is always a factor.
But, epoxy flooring is tough, you can drop heavy items on it without damaging it, it’s easy to keep clean, and it’s stain-resistant.
In short, it’s perfect for the workplace which is why so many companies have been using it. Ll you have to do is contact the specialists and they’ll take care of the rest.
Anti-Slip Treads& Rugs
A cheaper and less effective solution but one that you may need to do in the short term is to add anti-slip treads. These are effectively adhesive grips. Stick them to the floor through the man walk areas and people step from one to the other naturally. This gives them grip and reduces the likelihood of slips.
It does change the look of the floor and the adhesive will lose stickiness over time.
The alternative is to use rugs, preferably rubber-backed. These naturally stick to the floor and provide grip for employees.
Although they are effective, they will also change the look of the floor and you’ll have additional complications as they’ll need to be cleaned regularly.
There are a variety of anti-slip compounds on the market that can be applied over your existing floor. You’ll need to look at which ones are applicable depending on your existing workplace flooring. Then, follow the instructions and coat your floor with the compound.
It is important to note that the compound will need changing/refreshing periodically. You can’t forget as this will increase the risk of slips and falls in the workplace.
The choice you make will depend on the budget you have available. However, investing in epoxy flooring is something worth considering.