Four Ways to Improve Facility Safety for National Safety Month
This June, Kaivac is joining the National Safety Council and thousands of other organizations in celebrating National Safety Month. While safety in the workplace should always be a top priority, this month we make an extra effort to share tips and educate cleaning professionals about the importance of safety. Below, we’ve highlighted four ways to improve facility safety.
1. Improve Traction
Slips and falls are the number one cause of accidents in hotels, restaurants, and public buildings. Poorly maintained floors are the leading cause of these accidents, according the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI). Though mopping is the most common tool used to clean floors, mopping can make matters worse. Not only do mops leave floors wet and slippery after use, they leave behind contaminants. Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning and OmniFlex Crossover Cleaning systems are certified “High-Traction” by the NFSI, meaning they offer measurable slip-and-fall accident prevention.
2. Remove Bacteria
The health and safety of every facility is in the hands of the cleaning professional. If you’re cleaning with a mop, however, the health of building occupants may be at risk. The disgusting truth about mops is that they only remove 50% of surface bacteria. Mops are microbial compost heaps, instantly contaminating mop water and painting the floor with germs rather than removing them. Vacuum extraction is the best way to fully remove soil and bacteria, leaving behind clean surfaces. Kaivac solutions help reduce the spread of disease-causing bacteria, leading to a healthier environment.
3. Respond to Spills Immediately
Though there is no way to avoid spills, you can minimize the hazard they create with an efficient spill response plan. Spills cause a great deal of slip-and-fall accidents, especially in the retail industry. When spill response includes a mop, the floor stays wet for 30-40 minutes, creating additional risk. Cleaning up after a spill with a Kaivac system leaves the floor instantly safe and dry.
4. Protect Workers from Chemicals
Cleaning professionals often work with harsh cleaning chemicals that can damage skin or eyes and cause respiratory problems. Make the health and safety of your cleaning team a priority by rejecting bleach and other toxic chemicals in favor of safer, greener options. In many cases, you may be able to abandon chemicals altogether. Results from an independent NELAP-accredited lab confirmed that a Kaivac No-Touch Cleaning system removes greater than 99.9% of targeted bacteria when used with plain tap water only. When chemicals must be used, No-Touch Cleaning systems have automated dilution control and dispensing capabilities. This minimizes the amount of chemical used and also insulates the workers from any chemical contact. Reducing exposure to toxic chemicals improves the health of both cleaning professionals and building occupants.
Cleaners Promote Safety
Cleaning professionals are in a unique position to protect the public from many safety hazards. By committing to safe cleaning practices, cleaners can reduce the risk of slips-and-falls, create hygienically clean environments, and reduce exposure to toxic chemicals.
June is National Safety Month. If you’d like to make a commitment to creating a safe workplace, take the NSC Safe at Work Pledge and display your certificate for everyone to see. Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag, #NationalSafetyMonth.