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Slip and Fall Loss Prevention Tips

 - 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 pavements 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 melted snow/ice 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.