Wet surfaces always present a hazard for residents, guests and staff. Water can come from rain, spills, wet winter conditions and activities that require the use of water, resulting in slippery conditions. Slipping on a wet surface can result in bruises, strains and sprains, lacerations, fractures, head trauma and even fatality. And all that stacks up to lost wages, too.

 

Be Aware of Hazards

Each site is different, so the way you adapt your location to wet surfaces will be designed on a case-by-case basis. However, following these general guidelines is a good start.
 
  • Clean up spills immediately.
  • Use caution signs to clearly identify when a surface is wet or likely to become wet and remove the signs as soon as the surface is dry.
  • Barricade affected areas where possible.
  • Check for equipment and electrical currents that may not be grounded and wires that are not insulated.
  • Use floor mats at entrances and exits of buildings to track in less water from outside.
  • Whenever possible, work under covered areas during wet weather days.
  • Ensure good drainage to prevent standing water and speed drying.
  • Be sure to wear shoes with slip-resistant soles, and clean them if they become muddy.
  • Report any spills or wet areas that you notice to your supervisor.

 

Anti-Slip Tips

If you do walk through a wet surface, follow these tips to avoid slipping, and make sure to share them or post signage to make sure others are aware.

 
  • Slow down! Your safety is more important than your speed.
  • Take small steps to keep your balance centered.
  • Walk with your feet pointed slightly outward to form a stable base.
  • Make wide turns at corners.
  • Use handrails if present.
  • Concentrate on the surface you are walking on.
  • Be prepared for slippery patches.
  • Keep your hands out for balance.

 

Cooperate and Stay Alert

Of course you care about the safety of your community. If you have any doubt about your own safety or that of others, whether it concerns a wet surface or another hazard, contact one of our risk consultants. It takes everyone’s cooperation to keep facilities safe.