Safety Laws and Workplace Standards
Did you know that fall accidents account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits representing the leading cause of visits? Commercial mats can protect your employees, preventing slip and fall accidents as well as protecting business owners from lawsuits.
Management should be aware of all the workplace standards and safety laws that are in existence to ensure compliancy and provide a safe working environment. We have outlined several of the governing bodies that can help you provide safety certifications and training to your staff, furthermore, giving your brand a competitive edge.
National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI)
The mission of the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) is to aid in the prevention of slips, trips-and-falls through education, research, and standards development. This organization offers educational courses which give business owners suggestive practices to ensure the safety of workers utilizing commercial floor mats. The standards can help lessen the likelihood of slip, trip and fall hazards associated with the improper use of floor coverings.
The NFSI offers an “NFSI High-Traction Product Certification” that will ensure your products are independently evaluated for wet slip resistance. This certification not only protects your customers, but will give your brand more credibility. The National Floor Safety Institute’s“Walkway Auditor Training courses” teach business owners how to conduct a walkway safety inspection under OSHA’s standard for “Walking and Working Surfaces” while also covering how slip and falls accidents occur and outlining different floor covering materials and their various applications.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), working alongside the NFSI,administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system in which participation in not required. ANSI outlines a set of rules and regulations for business owners to follow in order to ensure workplace and product safety. It is advisable to be aware of how to properly position mats, how to recognize wear issues that contribute to accidents, and how to place the right mat in the right location, which will be outlined in the ANSI/NFSI standards.