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Tips for maintaining a safe office floor

For company owners with a busy schedule, it’s easy to forget for a moment about office safety. While it might not be as hazardous as a construction site or mechanised factory, accidents are still commonplace in an office, but they can easily be avoided.

It could be argued that the majority of injuries in an office relate in some way to the flooring, but by following these simple tips, you can keep your staff safe and happy while staving off potentially costly legal action:

Spillages

For offices with linoleum or vinyl flooring, even slip-resistant surfaces can become relatively slick when wet. It’s the company owner’s responsibility to ensure that line managers ask their teams to mop up or report any spillages as they occur, using wet floor signs where possible.

Doormats

While they’re usually more a cause of mild embarrassment for the less cautious among us than a source of serious harm, injuries can nevertheless occur if doormats, rugs and other floor covers aren’t kept flat. A large crease or fold can easily cause a trip, and a mat should be replaced altogether if the grip surface on its underside is damaged or worn, to prevent it from slipping underfoot.

Replacing carpet tiles

Many offices are decorated with carpet tiles, which offer the advantage of being easily replaceable when individual squares in well-trodden areas become loose or worn. If the original carpet is no longer available for purchase and there aren’t enough funds in the company coffers to recarpet the entire office, managers could instead consider moving the furniture around to cover the bare patch.

Debris free

Perhaps most importantly, all electrical wires that have to cross corridors and walkways should be covered with smooth, highly visible cable protectors. Additionally, staff can be encouraged to avoid leaving bags and coats in the aisles by setting up a coat stand or cloakroom facilities.

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