Cleaning improves safety. Most people consider cleaning as a way to improve appearance and even improve health. However, many cleaning professionals, business owners and other employees fail to realize the impact cleanliness has on safety. According to the ISSA (Worldwide Cleaning Association), “More than 4.1 milling U.S. workers suffer serious job-related injury or illness, and worker compensation costs paid by American employers total US$74 billion annually,” The biggest issue when it comes to cleaning for safety is slip and fall risks. That same article from the ISSA states that two million slips, trips and falls are recorded in the U.S. each year, making up 85% of workers’ compensation claims.
The good news is that you can take steps to reduce these risks and make your business safer for employees and guests.
- Identify hazards. Figure out what can lead to slip and fall situations. That could include everything from improper footwear to how floors are cleaned and maintained and who is walking on those wet floors. Be thorough and diligent.
- Figure out how to fix the problem – and do it. Once you have identified what safety hazards exist, take a look at your cleaning program to see how to fix the issues. For example, wet floor signs are great for warning people about slick floor conditions. Dry mops are great tools for cleaning up spills quickly and reducing wet and slick spots on floors.
- Review your process: Cleaning for safety is an ongoing task. You need to constantly evaluate your routines and tools in order to improve your process to maximize results. The more you stay on top of the process, the more likely you will be to prevent accidents before they happen.