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SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS


KITCHEN NIGHTMARES


Paul Robson, CEO of eco-friendly chemical manufacturer 4Earth Solutions, talks about how one food premises will have no more slips


while serving, thanks to the latest and greatest in anti-slip treatment. The well known phrase “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”, refers to the idea that you shouldn’t persist with a task if the pressure of it is too much for you. The implication being: if you can't cope, you should leave the work to someone who can. However, what do you do if you have no option but to “stand the heat” or rather, in the case of one North Yorkshire kitchen, “stand on your feet” in order to do your job?


accident in a kitchen. After several slip and trip incidents in its kitchen area, a food factory in Yorkshire set about finding a slip resistance solution.


CRYING OVER SPILT MILK The most recent information available from the HSE tells us that, last year, there were 1,863 people off work for three days or more due to slip accidents in kitchens, with 640 sustaining major injuries including broken bones. A recent court case even resulted in an employee being awarded £23,000 compensation for a slip


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Several kitchen staff, including waiters, waitresses and even the Head Chef, had experienced trouble keeping their feet on the very slippery, tile floor. Due to the nature of the area, one of the main criteria was that the solution not only had to be one that would return the area back to service in a short period of time, but the chemical composition had to be one that did not contain anything deemed ‘harmful’ in such a sensitive environment.


The anti-slip industry is full of products that are capable of improving slip resistance, but they often contain harmful chemicals that are either highly alkaline or highly acidic, causing


damage to the health of those that come into contact with the products, and have been known to not only significantly change the appearance of the floor, but in some cases even irrevocably leave the floor looking inconsistently patchy. Although this occurrence is comparatively rare, eminent industry experts have included damaged grout lines as one of the more common concerns when “acid etching” a tiled floor.


After careful research, the company’s Health and Safety Manager identified a number of products. After what was apparent, studious consideration of the Material Safety Data Sheets, 4Earth Solutions Anti-Slip for Mineral and Tile floors was selected as the most suitable solution; it contains a very small amount of glycolic acid, which is commonly found in some ladies face make ups.


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