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You can have a perfectly flat surface which is fit for purpose most of the time, but when wet becomes dangerous. Slipping over can then lead to serious accidents, especially if there are other dangers like machines or hot surfaces nearby. Kitchens or factory floors are typical examples, where these can be contaminated with water, detergents, oils or any substance that can make them very slippery.

There are many different floor types you can use but one thing everyone can do, regardless of the floor type they find themselves on, is employ good housekeeping procedures. Dry all spillages completely and put warning signs out immediately. Any chemical substance must be correctly cleaned up immediately to ensure that the contaminant is removed and the floor clean. The HSE have a good chart that is aimed at being displayed in kitchens but the information is good for any industry. We have put a link to this in the download area of this course.

Finally, although it is important to keep the surface dry, clean and for it to be made of the correct substance, it is also important for people to be wearing appropriate footwear for the job they are doing. Wearing the wrong soled shoes, even on a dry, clean floor can be just as dangerous as a wet floor. Avoid wherever possible open toed shoes, sandals, flip flops, high heels and smooth soles. In many industries such as construction, steel toed footwear is required with a safety sole.