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August 2017

Runway slips (and why you need a non-slip mat)

Written by Lemay Rogers
Health and Safety

One man’s misfortune is another’s entertainment.  

If you are honest with yourself you’ll admit that - even though it’s not very ‘PC’ - you can’t help but laugh at these #fail videos. What we don’t often realise is that these slips, trips and falls could lead to a serious injury.  Makes you wonder if models receive danger-pay for runway work?

Although we don’t have official statistical data from the South African Department of Labour, we have established through snap surveys that slips, trips and falls are in the top 3 reasons cited for injury on duty.  And this category also carries the most serious injuries. #realitycheck

As with our runway models in this clip, there are various reasons for slips, trips and falls.  Within the normal office environment these include:

  • Slippery surfaces such as smooth tiles, wet slatestone and polished wooden floors
  • Uneven floor surfaces
  • Change in levels
  • Wet floors; generally because of spills that haven’t been cleaned or signed as a caution
  • Poor lighting
  • Objects like trailing cables
  • Ridiculous shoes! Yes you read it right, those sky high stilettos - we LOVE them but make us walk like a newborn bokkie most of the time.

So what can you do to ensure you minimise the risk of unfortunate accidents?  

The one thing I would put money on is that the ladies won’t give up their ridiculous shoes so  responsible employers need to look to other avenues.

A rather inexpensive quick fix, and a reliable one at that, is floor mats. Once you understand the traffic patterns within your facilities, placing the correct type of floor mat in the right location will reduce the risk of slips, trips and falls immediately.  What do I mean by the correct type of floor mat?

Moving from wet to dry

By placing a water trapping floor mat in areas like your building entrance you allow customers and colleagues to pass from a wet area, into a dry area safely.  Not only are you reducing the risk of slipping, you are also minimising the tracking of dirt and grime into dry areas which could be occupied by the public, guests or visitors.

Did you know that a good quality water trapping floor mat can absorb up to 6 litres of water and trap 3kg of dirt? #impressive

Areas prone to spills

By placing an oil trapping rubber mat in strategic areas where spills occur frequently, you are allowing liquids to drain quickly, removing the slip hazard and effectively providing a safe surface to walk on.  The high absorbency of our rubber floor mats ensure floors are kept clean, dry and free of oil and grease reducing health and safety risks which could lead to a potential loss of productivity.

Rubber drainage mats

Rubber drainage mats are great for showers and change areas but are also very handy behind bar counters and in front of kitchen basins.  These mats effectively eradicate any potential slip hazard whilst the textured surface of the rubber mat provides a safe non slip surface to walk on, helping to keeping your staff and visitors safe.  An added bonus is that these rubber mats also  provide anti fatigue support for legs and feet due to their structure. This ensures employee comfort is improved and productivity enhanced.

Whether you are strutting the catwalks of your local Fashion Week or charging down your office corridor, ensure that you and your colleagues have peace of mind around slips, trips and falls.  You can also protect your business against the impact of dirt, water and bacteria at the same time! #get-a-mat

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Lemay Rogers

Lemay Rogers

Lémay Rogers is the Marketing Manager for Rentokil Initial. When not contributing to the Initial blog, she is the custodian of all things Marketing for Rentokil Initial South Africa, and supports the Sub-Saharan African businesses. As a frequent traveller AND mother of a toddler, she is all too aware of how easily germs can travel with us, from one location to another and then back to our homes. Follow Lémay on Twitter and LinkedIn for practical advice on good hygiene practices, both at home and in the workplace.

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