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Wet and slippery surfaces safety talk

Wet and slippery surfaces safety talk

Walking surfaces are a major contributor when it comes to injuries from slips, trips and falls. Some of the common surfaces impacted by being wet or slippery include.

  • Wet or icy parking lots
  • Food preparation areas
  • Freshly mopped flooring
  • Bathroom areas
  • Showering stalls
  • Water fountain areas
  • Housekeeping or janitorial areas

When looking at outdoor hazards, it boils down to the changes that occur when rain, snow or icy weather hit. This in turn has an affect on indoor surfaces as well when water and ice is tracked in from shoes.

  • Sidewalks and parking lots should always be monitored for deterioration and be kept in good repair.
  • Sloped sidewalks or parking lot areas can become hazardous when wet or icy. Having alternative steps or areas with skid resistant surface and handrails can greatly reduce this hazard.
  • When snow or ice hits, walking areas should be cleared for safe travel and treated.

Indoor areas should be monitored and corrected as needed on a regular basis as well.

  • There should be plan in place for mopping during slow times or after hours. Wet floor signs should always be placed afterward. Employees should know that they are to report any wet floor surface and a wet floor should be placed until area is cleaned and dried.
  • Absorbent non-slip mats should be used at all entries to eliminate as much moisture being transferred to the floor as possible.
  • Employees should be aware of appropriate footwear to be worn which is at a minimum flat, closed toed shoes with good grip.
  • Non slip matting that drains well should be placed in any food preparation or other high liquid-producing areas.
  • Procedures should be in place for regular housekeeping of commonly wet areas including mopping, absorbing, squeegeeing the liquid.


This article is provided solely as a reference tool to be used for information purposes only. The information in this article shall not be construed or interpreted as providing legal or any other advice. The information material does not amend the provisions of any insurance policy issued by CompSource Mutual. It is not a representation that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any such policy. Coverage depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss, all applicable policy provisions, and any applicable law.

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