Replace Floor Wet Cleaning to Control Slips (Trips and Falls) Risks
The report on The Efficacy of Cleaning Regimes found that “smooth floors left damp by a mop may be extremely slippery …. cleaning floors in a more effective manner can significantly improve the slip resistance … Equally, the study shows the pitfalls of using inappropriate cleaning, where visible contamination is removed, removing the visual prompt for a user to proceed with caution, but leaving the floor as slippery as when heavily contaminated…"
- Avoid floor wet-cleaning if possible. Consider any advice/ instructions from the flooring manufacturer and the hygiene requirements of the workplace in your risk assessment
- Where possible, replace floor wet-cleaning with dry cleaning. Use a vacuum or dry microfibre brush
- Scrubber-dryers may be a very effective way of replacing traditional wet cleaning (for example, with a mop), if they leave the floor fully dry.
- Machines may not leave a floor fully dry if the squeegee is worn/ damaged
- It's important to recognise that some machines are designed as wet scrubbers that do not intend to leave the floor dry
- Where necessary, consult the Safety File for information on safe cleaning methods
- Only use polish in accordance with the floor manufacturer’s advice
- It’s reported that at the end of construction and before handover to the client, floors can receive a special “handover cleaning” to give the surface a high-gloss appearance. This could severely reduce any slip resistance of the floor. Only products and methods approved by the flooring manufacturer should be used
A risk assessment approach to Floor Wet Cleaning slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps
- Identify Risks
See Cleaning Floors Further Information