Inspect the interior of your premises on a regular basis for unsafe conditions that could lead to a slip & fall loss. Maintain a daily log of when the inspection was done, what conditions were noted and what corrective action was taken.
Floors should be kept clean and in good repair at all times, with loose or defective flooring being replaced immediately.
Ensure that aisles are kept clear and free of fallen merchandise or stock. (e.g. fruit, vegetables, clothes etc.)
During periods of inclement weather, all entrances should have mats or rugs to help keep the floor clean and dry. Damaged mats should be replaced as soon as possible.
Non-slip wax should be used on floor surfaces, where required.
Water and other spills should be mopped up immediately and a Caution-Wet Floor sign should be posted.
For surfaces that are consistently slippery, specialized non-slip epoxy coatings or non-skid flooring materials may be used.
For spills involving oil or other industrial materials, absorbent non-combustible cleaning materials should be used.
Ensure that all entranceways and aisles are clear of obstructions and/or promotional displays.
Inspect the exterior of your premises on a regular basis for unsafe conditions that could lead to a slip & fall loss. Maintain a daily log of when the inspection was done, what conditions were noted and what corrective action was taken.
Any damage to stairs, sidewalks and pavement should be repaired as soon as possible, with signs and barriers posted, until such time as repairs are completed.
A snow and ice removal program should be implemented and adhered to, with a single individual having responsibility for the program.
Have the appropriate equipment, tools and materials available for use by your staff, in the case of a weather related emergency. e.g. shovels, salt, sand etc.
Professional snow removal contractors should be contracted to plow, sand and salt your parking and walkway facilities. Ensure that the contractor keeps a comprehensive log of the work performed.
Clean gutters and downspouts and ensure that melt water is directed away from sidewalks and walkways. Check that exterior lighting is adequate and check on a regular basis for malfunctioning light fixtures.
Establish and maintain a daily garbage removal program, whereby the walkways and sidewalks are swept and the debris removed on a regular basis.