Injury protection is a major focus in many businesses no matter the industry they are in, and one factor that business owners and managers can really have a choice on is the type of flooring used in the business and how that flooring helps with injury prevention.
Workplace related injuries cost the Australian economy $60.6 billion each year. According to Safe Work Australia, technicians, trades workers, machinery operators, drivers and labourers make up 31% of the workforce but contribute close to 60% of all workplace injury cases and costs.
While there are numerous measures you can take in your workplace to prevent injuries, your choice of flooring is a major way to contribute to lessening the number of slips and falls in the workplace.
How Does Flooring Affect the Risk of Slips and Falls?
A lot of property developers and business owners don’t consider the type of business or tasks that may be carried out in a workplace. Often the correct flooring isn’t installed initially, which results in high levels of slips, trips and falls.
Some of the major issues to consider when thinking about the flooring in your business include:
How Can I Check if My Current Floor is a Risk?
Before you consider upgrading or repairing your current floor, you may like to consider whether your current floor is a risk in its current condition. Factors to check for include:
Once you have done an assessment of your current floors, it’s time to look at whether these floors are suitable for the safety of your employees and visitors going forward, or whether you need to consider installing new flooring.
What to Consider When Installing New Flooring?
Installing new flooring is a big decision. While it may be expensive, lowering the risk of incidents and injuries in the workplace is beneficial to the day to day running of the business. The best way to choose new flooring for your business premises is to consult with a flooring expert to see what is suitable. You should consider:
Epoxy flooring surfaces are becoming quite popular in commercial and industrial businesses. The resin used in the flooring type can be mixed with aggregate products including rubber particles, silica sands and silicone carbide granules to help with the slip resistance of the flooring.
Epoxy Flooring Perth has over 20 years’ experience in the epoxy flooring industry and uses some of the most cutting-edge products in the industry. With their process of preparing and installing a new epoxy floor, you can expect a longer lasting and higher performing floor in your industrial or commercial location.