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How Polished Concrete Aids Slip-Resistance and Safety

Newly polished concrete floor in a facility. How Polished Concrete Aids Slip-Resistance and Safety

Slips, trips, and falls account for the major­i­ty of work­place inci­dents. While many of these acci­dents don’t result in severe injury, some can lead to sprains, bro­ken bones, or even death. To main­tain a safe work envi­ron­ment and remain com­pli­ant with OSHA reg­u­la­tions, facil­i­ty own­ers and man­agers must invest in mea­sures to reduce this par­tic­u­lar lia­bil­i­ty. It should come as no sur­prise that one of the best ways to reduce the risk of slips, trips, and falls is to pay atten­tion to your facility’s floor­ing. More specif­i­cal­ly, prop­er­ly pol­ish­ing your con­crete floor­ing can cre­ate a much safer work envi­ron­ment for every­one. Let’s explore how pol­ished con­crete improves slip resis­tance and over­all safe­ty at your facility.

How Pol­ished Con­crete Improves Slip Resis­tance and Over­all Safe­ty at Your facility

Enhances Trac­tion

There’s a rea­son the phrase, slips, trips, and falls” starts with the word, slips.” Most of the inci­dents that fall under this broad­er umbrel­la result from slick sur­faces. Where­as most trips result from an unseen obsta­cle or uneven por­tion of floor­ing, slips can occur just about any­where so long as the con­crete sur­face is slip­pery. Iso­lat­ed spills cause plen­ty of slips, but some floors are slick all-around (often from dust build-up or mate­r­i­al wear and tear), great­ly increas­ing the odds of such an inci­dent.Con­crete pol­ish­ing also aids in these efforts in its own right by keep­ing dust at bay.

Facil­i­tates Floor Maintenance

As allud­ed to above, dirty floor­ing is a major con­tribut­ing fac­tor to slips, trips, and falls. When a floor is wet, dusty, or cov­ered in debris, employ­ees have a much hard­er time get­ting from point A to point B in a safe, effi­cient man­ner. Main­tain­ing clean floors is a must if you wish to keep all occu­pants safe. That said, reg­u­lar­ly clean­ing floors requires sig­nif­i­cant resources, espe­cial­ly for facil­i­ties with a lot of square footage to cov­er. As such, any mea­sure that reduces the strain on main­te­nance staff is wel­come – this is where con­crete pol­ish­ing solu­tions come into play. A sealed or pol­ished con­crete floor is much eas­i­er to keep clean than a worn down or bare con­crete floor. These solu­tions pro­vide a smooth, non-porous, even sur­face that not only pre­vents dust accu­mu­la­tion but also com­bats mois­ture intru­sion, abra­sions, and more. Ulti­mate­ly, though pol­ished floors still require ongo­ing main­te­nance, this main­te­nance is eas­i­er to perform.

Increas­es Visibility

Vis­i­bil­i­ty is anoth­er key com­po­nent of facil­i­ty safe­ty. Peo­ple need to see where they’re going at all times – oth­er­wise, they risk trip­ping over or run­ning into an obsta­cle. A prop­er­ly pol­ished con­crete floor offers a bright, high­ly reflec­tive fin­ish that ampli­fies a room’s light­ing, keep­ing your facil­i­ty high­ly vis­i­ble through­out the day. As an added bonus, this high light reflec­tive­ly val­ue (LRV) saves your facil­i­ty mon­ey over time by reduc­ing ener­gy costs. The more reflec­tive your floor­ing, the less ener­gy you have to spend on crank­ing up your inte­ri­or lighting.

Kaloutas: Your Con­crete Pol­ish­ing and Restora­tion Experts

A safer facil­i­ty starts with your floors. At Kaloutas, indus­tri­al floor pol­ish­ing and restora­tion is only one of our many spe­cial­ties. We offer a wide range of facil­i­ty improve­ment and main­te­nance ser­vices to keep your work­place safe, effi­cient, and func­tion­al. To learn more about us and all that we do, con­tact us online or give us a call at 9785321414 today!

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