Correct cleaning to remove contamination is influential in reducing slip
accidents, confirms a report by the British Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL),
however, the process of cleaning can itself present, and contribute to, slip
and trip hazards. HSL has observed cases where cleaning floors in a more
effective manner can significantly improve the slip resistance.
A just published study, The Efficacy of Cleaning Regimes, found that there was
a need for more guidance on the matter, there being a sometimes poor
understanding of both the process and effects of floor cleaning.
The results of this study show how important and influential cleaning can be.
Where cleaning is carried out effectively, it can make the difference between a
floor presenting an unacceptably high slip risk or an acceptably low slip risk.
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. In a situation such as this, it may be safer not to clean than to
The following conclusions were reached and further work identified:
AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive