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CSPA Warns Of Wet Floors

August 13, 2013

Over half of slips and falls caused by wet surfaces

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) will issue an updated guidance on its Walking/Working Surfaces rulemaking in November. Following the release of this updated guidance, the Consumer Specialty Products Association will respond to the rulemaking. In the interim, CSPA’s focus remains on addressing the issue of wet floors and safety.
Currently, there’s a small move surrounding the floor care industry to adopt a safety standard measurement for slip resistance on a wet floor. The issue is that it is nearly impossible to assure the safety of a wet floor and the CSPA Polishes & Floor Maintenance Products Division has the research to prove it.
More than 50% of the pedestrian slip and fall accidents that occur each year are as a result of wet or contaminated walking surfaces. And the best way to avoid a slipping accident is to avoid walking on a wet floor surface all together.
To advance industry knowledge as it pertains to measuring the safety of wet floors our association convened several experts to test the slip resistance of wet surfaces using a variety of known tools and methodologies. The results of their research can be found in the comprehensive study - Measuring the Slip Resistance of Wet Floors: Which Testers Perform Best? The study is available as a FREE download on the CSPA website.
More info: CSPA Wet Floors and Safety Study
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