Hazard is anything that has the potential to cause harm. It leads to a negative consequence and poses danger to life and properties at any given time whether in offices or in our homes, it’s should not be treated with levity no matter how small the source of the hazard is.
Wet floors are great sources of hazard both in our offices, homes and in our immediate environment and as such all hands must be on deck to mop and make wet floors wherever we find them, in our kitchens, rooms, offices, corridors, children playgrounds, our surrounding area and even high ways as it causes serious reduction to friction when brakes from our vehicle is applied which can lead to serious accident which can result to loss of life and property. Frankly speaking, the hazard associated with the wet floor cannot be overemphasized. We will go through some of them and also consider some of the ways we can prevent this hazard from our homes and offices.
Some of the hazards associated with the wet floor.
- Slip, trip and fall: Slips are the result of too little friction or a lack of traction between the footwear and the floor surface. A trip is the result of a foot striking or colliding with an object, which causes a loss in balance, and usually curses a fall. Studies show that 66% of falls occur on the same level as a result of a slip or trip.
Employees, kids are mostly victims of this unfortunate incident of slip, trip and fall in our homes and offices which can lead to death or serious injury if not properly treated with the best medical hands and equipment. All necessary measures must be put in place to avoid slip, trip, and fall.
2. It makes brakes of vehicles ineffective: Friction is the force that opposes the motion, that’s the reason why vehicles are designed with brakes in them to bring the vehicle to a halt in case of any eventuality. Whenever the road is wet with water or oily substance, the brakes become defective and as such proper care must be taken to avoid the unexpected.
Preventive measures to curb the wet floor.
The measure must be put in place to avoid this ugly occurrence from showing up as the saying goes all accidents are preventable. Using the appropriate tool for the job and doing it professionally by trained personnel.
Control measures during the cleaning of wet floors, employers are required to carry out risk assessments and to record these in the Safety Statement. It is important that strict controls are implemented during the wet-cleaning of floors. The risks from a wet, damp or drying floor should not be underestimated.
- Identification of the wet floor: The first thing is to identify the wet surface floor, blocked it off from members of the family and office staff, environment or road users. This should not be left for only a particular person or group of persons as when it comes to safety, it becomes everybody’s responsibility, when discovered action should be taken immediately.
- Housekeeping: There’s a saying that says “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, not just that alone, but it goes a long way to save both life and property. Housekeeping is everyone’s responsibility. No matter how highly placed, both small and great. As soon as identified, the first action by the identifier should be taken before more hands are called.
Marking off the wet floor informs employees, workers, and visitors of the danger. Mop, bucket or spill kit easily accessible. Inform your staff and place signs where this equipment is kept which reduce the chance of spills being neglected or not cleaned up by staff and family members.
- Using the appropriate equipment: Squared peg in a round hole has done more harm than good across all professions and ethics. (Link Here to review articles page). Using the right tool for the job will certainly bring about the desired results. To be efficient all necessary tools and equipment must be on the ground at all times to curb any emergency and to prevent escalation before it poses a threat in our homes and offices.
We must do everything humanly possible to curb this hazardous menace in our homes, offices, immediate environments, and our roads. It’s all our collective responsibility. There is a regular saying that goes thus “A stitch in time saves nigh”. We must do our best as individuals when necessary.