Overview of Walkway Safety
Business owners often overlook the importance of the walkway safety of their facility. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), walkway surfaces are the leading cause of slips, trips, and falls at 55 percent. Floor surfaces that are not properly covered with commercial mats and maintained properly can be a major source of injuries, leading to lawsuits and worker’s compensation claims. We outline an overview of walkway safety and mat safety with best practices and tips to enhance the safety of your building.
ANSI/NFSI B101.6-2012 Standards
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), in conjunction with NFSI, developed the B101.6-2012 Standard Guide for Commercial Entrance Matting in Reducing Trips, Slips, and Falls. These safety standards and best practices for commercial mat placement, use, service, and maintenance have a major impact on the textile rental industry. In hopes of improving the walkway safety of your facility, it is critical to abide by these essential standards.
The Importance of Regular Maintenance
Maintaining your facility is also critical in safeguarding employees from slip and fall injuries. Slippery flooring surfaces have a large impact on the safety of facilities. It has been cited that 85 percent of worker’s compensation claims are tied to employees falling on slippery surfaces. This statistic illustrates the grave danger that slick, unmaintained flooring can pose to staff members and visitors. By following a regular facility maintenance schedule, one can expect to reduce the number of injuries seen as well as keep a cleaner appearance.
Commercial Mat Cleaning
Commercial mat cleaning is important in ensuring commercial mats can perform to the best of their abilities. Having mats cleaned on a regular basis through a floor mat service can increase the longevity and effectiveness of these products.
Proper Use of Commercial Mats
Commercial mats can be a powerful tool in preventing slip and fall accidents from taking place. By placing commercial door mats in high traffic walkways, dirt and moisture will be trapped off the shoes of visitors, keeping facilities cleaner and safer. Take a better look at all interior and exterior entryways and how commercial mats can be better incorporated into the mix.
Walkway Safety Evaluations
Walkway safety evaluations are important in identifying any hazards that are present within your facility. Health Mats offers complimentary walkway safety evaluations. Our professional service team will make a visit to your site and deliver a complete analysis, outlining the best strategy for safety. These custom recommendations will be based on ANSI/NFSI and OSHA best practices.