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Don’t Slip Up on Safety this World Day for Safety & Health at Work

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Don’t Slip Up on Safety this World Day for Safety & Health at Work

The International Labour Organization’s World Day for Safety and Health at Work, taking place on April 28th, will focus on raising awareness for occupational safety and health and on the magnitude of work-related injuries, diseases and fatalaties around the world.

A key aspect of workplace safety that Flowcrete India helps industrial and commercial clients with every day is the issue of slips, trips and falls (STFs) – a common risk that the right anti-slip floor finish can go a long way to remedying.

As a global company, Flowcrete is aware that this is a serious problem around the world. The US Department of Labor estimates that 15 percent of accidental workplace deaths are caused by STFs, while studies in Germany have shown that the main cause of accidents in the meat, fish and dairy industries is insufficiently slip resistant floors and in Spain slips are the main cause of accident for people attending leisure facilities.

The main risk factors that typically lead to an STF event include the floor being wet, uneven or with variable levels of friction, level changes, poor visibility and slippery substances falling on the finish.

Anti-slip aggregates can be incorporated into resin floor finishes to enhance safety onsite. The seamless, impervious nature of resin coatings and the ability to incorporate coving and stainless steel drainage into the finish makes them easy to clean, which helps to ensure that water and slippery contaminants are quickly removed from the area.

When going throught the specification process for anti-slip flooring it is important to carefully consider the future demands of the site and the potential for accidents to occur. For example,industrial facilities should know what oils and greases are going to be used onsite and that they can be cleaned away effectively, while commercial venues need to ensure that the safety considerations are not overshadowed by aesthetic or budgetary factors.

Once the safety and workload criteria has been identified, the designers should discuss their requirements with a supplier and applicator well experienced in similar flooring projects to ensure that the finished surface will actively help to prevent injuries from slips, trips or falls.

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Sheeba Sakthivel

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