Magazine article Journal of Property Management

SLIPPERY WHEN WET: Prevent Accidents during Floor Maintenance

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

SLIPPERY WHEN WET: Prevent Accidents during Floor Maintenance

Article excerpt

In order to maintain a presentable facility, floor maintenance and cleaning are a necessity. Since these processes make the floor wet with water and floor cleaning chemicals, individuals who are not hard-floor maintenance technicians may not know the potential danger they are heading into. According to a floor maintenance professional, re-emulsified floor coating feels even more slippery than walking on broken eggs. Even dust mopping treatment may contain slippery oils. Because of this, hazardous conditions may occur during routine floor maintenance and cleaning operations.

SLIP, SLIDIN'AWAY

Accident prevention procedures are well documented and typically recommend a three-step process for dealing with hazardous conditions:

1) A safety hazard, such as a slippery floor, must be kept out of service until it is dry. Floor cleaning typically happens when the building is closed to the public. If you must do this work during normal operational hours, it should be performed at a time you can expect the least amount of pedestrian traffic-preferably in the early morning or late at night.

2) Make sure to provide guards that control access to the area being worked on if people will be present during the time of floor maintenance. This involves establishing a safety perimeter using readily visible barriers to prevent people from walking into the potentially hazardous area. The barriers should be stanchions or cones spaced not more than 25 feet apart, with barrier tape 36 to 42 inches high. …

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