During the long winter months when it’s wet and slippery outside, it’s crucial for businesses to ensure that they have proper safety precautions in place to prevent customers from slipping and injuring themselves. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), most general industry incidents involve slips and falls. Sadly, an estimated 20-30% of people who experience a slip or fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries.
Let’s not wait until an accident happens before we take the proper steps to create a safe environment for both customers and employees. Swan has several options to help keep your floors clean and your customers injury-free. We provide rental mats, which reduce the dirt, mud and moisture tracked into the building. We also provide scraper mats which provide a slip-resistant surface, and work wonders for high-risk and wet areas.
Finally, we have treated mops which help keep floors looking shiny and professional.
Prevent potential safety issues and liability- call Swan today!
Why Are Mats So Important During The Winter Months?
Friday, November 23, 2018
Keep Your Customers Safe From Slips and Falls This Winter
There are countless reasons as to why it is crucial for businesses to have proper matting on their floors during the long winter months. This type of weather tends to make floors much more wet and slippery, which can potentially lead to unnecessary slips and falls from both customers and employees. This is obviously, something that should be avoided at all costs as the safety of your customers should be the top priority.
Floor mats can help in the following ways:
- Prevent slips and falls, and reduce the risk of liability
- Reduce daily cleaning costs by substantially minimizing tracked-in soil. Research shows that overhead costs associated with cleaning greatly increases during the winter months.
- Extend the lifespan of flooring surfaces
- Help maintain a great impression with your customers.
- With Swan, your soiled mats are picked up at your location for each service cycle, and then exchanged with clean ones. The soiled items are brought back to our plant for professional cleaning. It’s as easy as that.
Keep your customers safe this winter. Call Swan today for a free quote.
Swan offers all sorts of mops to meet your business needs
We can provide your business with clean mops so that you can stay ahead of wet floors, and any dirt or mess that enters your workplace. You protect your floors, and save money on cleaning products. Your workplace stays safe from slip and fall accidents that can occfur from wet or greasy floors.
We have wet mops, treated mops and dry mops. Swan changes them out with clean stock, taking the dirt away and leaving your iwth a fresh stock.
Protect your investment of flooring, and maintain a safe place for both workers and customers by mopping away dirt and spills. Contact us today for a free quote.
How can you prevent accidents from slips and falls in your workplace?
Statistics show that 77% of slips and falls happen on the same level from slips and trips. Slips happen when there is too little traction between footwear and walking surface. Common causes are occasional spills, wet or oily surfaces and weather hazards.
Having a mop to clean up wet floors and spills, and placing mats in areas that may be wet from weather or other spills, are cost effective ways to manage these hazards that can occur in your workplace.
Canadian weather offers us many challenges, as much as Canadian are accustom to our seasonal changes, safety is always in season
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has other tips on ways to keep your workplace safe.
Let me count the ways....Seriously though there are many reasons and I will cover a few of them here.
Your business is important to you, and you want to create a positive first impression when customers enter your business, and see a clean dry surface.
A clean, dry floor is a safe floor to walk and stand on. Swan's mats are very absorbent so rain, snow and slush are in the mat, not creating a slip and fall hazard on your floors
The mats protect your floors, capturing dirt, salt and water that will damage the floor.
Rubber backing on the mat keeps it from slipping on the floor. As a business owner you are taking a precaution against accidents, should a slip and fall accident occur on a wet floor without a mat.
You and your employees can focus on serving the customer, and let Swan remove dirty mats and replace them with clean. No mat cleaning needed for you or your employees.
Our sales professionals can come to your business and provide a no obligation, free quote. Every two weeks our customer service represetnatives come to your business to remove the dirty mats and replace them. It's that simple. Contact us today.
Why choose an anti-fatigue mat for workers that stand?
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Why choose an anti-fatigue mat?
All the wellness talk today is about “standing desks” and the need to get up and move around if you have a desk job that has you sitting much if the work day. However there are many workers that are on their feet all day to perform their job, so let’s consider the benefits of providing anti-fatigue mats for these workers.
At Cornell University, Ergonomists have long recognized that standing to work is more tiring than sitting to work. Standing requires 20% more energy than sitting and standing puts greater strain on the circulatory system and on the legs and feet.Prolonged standing at work increases the risks of varicose veins and according to scientific data, standing for long periods of time is particularly stressful and fatiguing.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety states many workers will experience discomfort, tiredness, sore feet, legs, knees or hips after long hours of standing. These are the combined effect of several factors, namely the design of the work, the workers' footwear, and the flooring material where they stand. Regardless of the quality of shoes and quality of the floor covering, standing itself can cause tiredness after an entire working day.
There are several factors to consider when determining ways to improve employee productivity and comfort. The type of flooring used in the workplace has an important influence on comfort, especially on tender feet. Hard, unyielding floors, like concrete, are the least comfortable surface to work on. Walking on a hard floor is similar to the impact of a hammer pounding the heel at every step. Wood, cork, carpeting, or rubber - anything that provides some elasticity - is generally gentler on workers' feet. More than that, softer floor coverings reduce fatigue and improve safety by reducing slips and falls on slippery floors.
Anti-fatigue mats can provide a solution however in choosing a mat a number of items need to be considered. First the thickness of the mat; softer and thicker may not always be better. Choose a mat that provides some elasticity, but at the same time is not so soft that a person feels they cannot stand comfortably.
Know the environment the mat will be used in.
Mats should not slip, or create a trip hazard.
Mats should have sloped edges (sloped edges are less of a trip hazard, and allows carts to roll over them more easily)
Mats need to be kept clean. In areas, such as food preparation, maintaining cleanliness will be important.
Mats should be anti-static
Does the work area require a mat with holes that provides drainage for kitchens, locker rooms, food-processing areas, behind bars and in machine shops?
If you are unable to change the flooring and you wish to improve comfort for standing workers, for improved health, safety and productivity at your place business consider putting anti-fatigue mats to work for you.
From time to time we’ll pass on a variety of news and information about Swan Dust Control, but primarily we want to use our blog to share useful information with our followers. We want to help you prevent accidents in your workplace or business. Our management team has experience with health and safety, and our team has worked in a variety of settings like high tech , aerospace and manufacturing. We want to share some of our health and safety knowledge to help you run a safer workplace for your staff and customers.
Our floor mats can help maintain a clean and dry surface, but there are many other items to consider to ensure slips and falls don’t happen. Have sufficient lighting, keep areas clear of clutter and always close file and storage drawers. The flooring surface needs to be clean and dry and ensure all electrical or other cords that cross floors are covered to avoid a tripping hazard. The Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety offers courses and publications on their website that may be of further assistance when reviewing the needs of your workplace.
Swan replaces wet and dirty mats and mops with clean ones on a regular cycle so you don’t need to think about that. Slips, trips and falls are some of the leading causes for lost time injuries. Take the time to learn how to make your workplace a safer place, and put changes in place before an accident occurs.