Communicate Floor Wet Cleaning Slips (Trips and Falls) Risks

  • Section 21 requires employers who share a place of work to co-operate and to coordinate their preventive activities and keep each other and their respective employees informed about the risks. This includes the exchange of safety statements or relevant extracts
  • Clear communications between the cleaner and the building controller can be vital, e.g. times when areas will be unoccupied, times when cleaning is scheduled, times when areas can be segregated for cleaning

Provide proper instructions and training for cleaning staff

  • Section 10 of the 2005 Act requires employers to provide instruction, training and supervision in a form, manner and language reasonably likely to be understood by the employee
  • The Efficacy of Cleaning Regimes found that the effect of cleaning on slips and the process of cleaning are not well understood by cleaners
  • Ensure cleaners have proper training on the dangers of wet, damp and drying floors and the safeguards required
    • Ensure cleaners are aware that "mop-dry" floors can be very slippery and particularly hazardous as they look dry but are still slippery
  • Give clear instructions and training on the limitations of wet floor signs 
  • Provide cleaners with clear instructions on segregation of wet, damp or drying floors
  • Ensure cleaners have clear instructions on proper dilution of floor cleaning chemicals

Chemical information sheet

  • In consultation with building operators and users, consider empowering floor cleaners to assess if floors require wet-cleaning or can be cleaned using a dry cleaning method

risk assessment approach to Floor Wet Cleaning slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps

  1. Identify Risks
  2. Communicate
  3. Replace
  4. Reschedule
  5. Equip
  6. Segregate

See Cleaning Floors Further Information