How to Create a Spill Response Program
Nearly 20,000 people die in the U.S. annually due to injuries caused by unintentional falls. And according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicles as a cause of fatalities.
Many of these accidents are the result of someone spilling coffee or pop on the floor in an office. But frequently they happen in grocery and mega-stores, where they can be more serious. In such locations, liquids may end up on the floor and either no one reports it, it takes too long to clean-up the area; or it’s just not cleaned up correctly. The result is an accident waiting to happen.
Because of this, Kaivac recommends that all building managers and cleaning professionals have a spill response program. Key components of such a program include the following:
- Encourage building users to report spills as quickly as found
- Create a specific area to store slip-and-fall equipment; looking for equipment in an emergency just wastes time
- Block out the entire area with warning cones; a 20-foot radius is suggested
- Cleaning workers must protect their own safety before tackling the problem; do not wear dress shoes. The shoes should effectively grip the floor
- Remove any solid waste first
- Do not use a mop. Especially if the spill is oil-based, the mop will spread the oil over floor areas where it is used; also a soiled mop will leave a film on the floor that can cause a slip-and-fall accident
- Mop alternatives include Kaivac’s dispense-and-vac system with trolley bucket; with this system, fresh water/cleaning solution are applied to the problem area with all moisture being vacuumed up
- For more through floor cleaning, Kaivac’s AutoVac or SUV floor are recommended. Providing the cleaning results of a traditional automatic scrubber, these cleaning systems will thoroughly remove the spill and deep clean the floor