We are a small but growing dessert manufacturer, and as we have grown have been dealing with more and more slip-and-fall issues among our employees.
Does anyone have any tips that have worked well in your facilities to help mitigate slippery floors and improve safety?
More info about our situation:
- epoxy covered (there is a little grit in the epoxy to provide some traction)
- the oil residue we use for our process settles on the floor during the shift, creating a very slippery floor in certain areas
- during clean-up at shift's end, the water mixes with the oil and is an additional hazard
We require all production employees to wear nonslip, waterproof boots. We have researched and discussed with our chemical company any options that may exist (my dream chemical is something we could put down on the floors during the shift to absorb the oil, and would be approved for use in a food manufacturing facility... but apparently this does not exist). We have discussed floor mats, but really do not want to go this route, as we would need a LOT of them, and the daily cleaning/sanitation would be a big job.
Surely other food manufacturers have had to deal with this issue and have come up with some solutions... My fingers are crossed that if you are reading this, you are among them and might be willing to share your ideas.