How to Easily Prevent Slip and Falls in your church facilities with good entrance mats
Mats are an important part of preventing slips and falls in church facilities
Mats are an important part of any church or religious organization, as they help to prevent slips and falls. By installing mats in key areas, you can help keep your congregation safe. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the importance of mats and discuss some of the best places to install them in your church.
To the Point:
Entrance mats should be large enough to cover the entire width of the door
They should also be of high quality with good absorbency to trap dirt and moisture before they can enter the building.
If the church building is located in an area with snow or wet weather conditions, plan to have additional matting that can be laid down in indoor walkways to absorb the additional moisture from walking onto the hard surface flooring.
Be sure to place mats in high-traffic areas including the main entrance both indoors and out, and side door entrances.
Clean mats regularly to keep them looking their best
In general, slips and trips occur due to a loss of traction between the shoe and the walking surface or inadvertent contact with a fixed or moveable object which may lead to a fall. There are a variety of situations that may cause slips, trips, and falls:
- Wet or greasy floors
- Dry floors with wood dust or powder
- Uneven walking surfaces
- Polished or freshly waxed floors
- Loose flooring, carpeting, or mats
- The transition from one floor type to another
- Missing or uneven floor tiles and bricks
- Damaged or irregular steps; no handrails
- Sloped walking surfaces
- Shoes with wet, muddy, greasy, or oily soles
- Weather hazards — rain, sleet, ice, snow, hail, frost
- Wet leaves or pine needles
1. Create Good Housekeeping Practices
Good housekeeping is critical. Safety and housekeeping go hand in hand. If your facility’s housekeeping habits are poor, the result may be a higher incidence of employee injuries, ever-increasing insurance costs and regulatory citations. If an organization’s facilities are noticeably clean and well organized, it is a good indication that its overall safety program is effective as well.
Proper housekeeping is a routine. It is an ongoing procedure that is simply done as a part of each worker’s daily performance. To create an effective housekeeping program, there are three simple steps to get you started:
- Plan ahead — Know what needs to be done, who’s going to do it and what the particular work area should look like when you are done.
- Assign responsibilities — It may be necessary to assign a specific person or group of workers to clean up, although personal responsibility for cleaning up after oneself is preferred.
- Implement a program — Establish housekeeping procedures as a part of the daily routine.
2. Reduce Wet or Slippery Surfaces
Walking surfaces account for a significant portion of injuries reported by state agencies. The most frequently reported types of surfaces where these injuries occur include:
- Parking lots
- Sidewalks (or lack thereof)
- Food preparation areas
- Shower stalls in residential dorms
- Floors in general
3. Traction on outdoor surfaces can change considerably when weather conditions change.
Weather conditions can then affect indoor surfaces as moisture is tracked in by pedestrian traffic. Traction control procedures should be constantly monitored for their effectiveness:
- Keep parking lots and sidewalks clean and in good repair condition.
- When snow and ice are present, remove or treat these elements. In some extreme cases, it may be necessary to suspend use of the area.
- Use adhesive striping material or anti-skid paint whenever possible.
3. Indoor control measures can help reduce the incidence of slips and falls:
- Use moisture-absorbent mats with beveled edges in entrance areas. Make sure they have backing material that will not slide on the floor.
- Display “Wet Floor” signs as needed.
- Use anti-skid adhesive tape in troublesome areas.
- Clean up spills immediately. Create a procedure for taking the appropriate action when someone causes or comes across a food or drink spill.
- Use proper area rugs or mats for food preparation areas.
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