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SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS


THE INVISIBLE SOLUTION


PHS Interclean brings you the answer to slips, trips and falls in the workplace, with their new


anti-slip treatment. A slip, trip or fall can cause problems for more than just the injured party. Aside from the discomfort and distress of personal damage, businesses can find themselves losing employee work days through sickness and, if in breach of health and safety guidelines, exposed to legal action.


According to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR), 40% of all major accidents in the workplace during 2011/12 were as a consequence of a slip or trip, resulting in an estimated 941,000 lost working days throughout the UK. Taking into account the loss of production, cost of repairs, staff replacement, compensation, investigation and administration time costs, the HSE estimates that the hidden expense of slips and trips to UK employers could be as much as £500million. Furthermore, the cost to society in the form of NHS care, Social Security claims and loss of productivity amounts to more than a staggering £800million per year!


But, with the high cost and inconvenience of floor replacement, many businesses simply can’t afford to rip up and replace flooring that is perfectly serviceable. While the hazard of slips and trips can be reduced with the use of loose lay, moisture absorbing mats placed at strategic points such as entrances and drinks vending areas, these don’t provide a whole floor solution, and may not be suitable at all for certain environments.


There is a simple and cost effective whole floor solution available however, in the form of PHS Interclean’s anti- slip flooring treatment. Suitable for all hard floor types, the application of this transparent polyurethane sealer ensures that the aesthetics of the original flooring is retained, and when applied by Interclean’s flooring experts, guarantees safety underfoot in accordance with the HSE guidance on flooring slip resistance, by achieving R10 classification.


“We’ve found many businesses are in the unfortunate situation of having flooring which looks great, but when subject to the addition of liquid, whether it be from a spill or walked in from outside, can pose a real hazard,” explained PHS Interclean’s General Manager, Richard Harrison. “PHS Interclean’s anti-slip flooring treatment offers a great solution for all types of hard flooring including stone, tiles, wood or vinyl, without the expense of replacing the existing surface. Interclean’s treatment adds an almost invisible layer to the surface, creating surface friction which helps prevent slips, but also has the added bonus of making the floor more resilient when it comes to everyday stains and wear and tear, ultimately helping to extend the floor’s usable lifetime.”


With 210 out of every 100,000 employees suffering a slip or trip injury, it is important to take precautions throughout the building, not just in the entrance where the effects of wet


weather are most common. In fact, the incidence of slip accidents varies by just 5% throughout the year, indicating very little seasonal effect. PHS Interclean’s anti-slip flooring treatment can be applied to every type of hard flooring in all environments, including washrooms and kitchens where spillages are common, as well as reception areas which bear the brunt of snow and rain. Making a small investment in anti-slip flooring treatment now could result in large savings in staffing costs and insurance premiums in the future.


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