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Maintaining safe restaurant kitchen flooring is all important to the prevention of slip and fall accidents and restaurant kitchen safety. It also provides some protection against slip and fall litigation.
More than three million food service employees and over one million guests are injured annually as a result of restaurant slip and fall accidents, according to the National Floor Safety Institute.
The National Floor Safety Institute indicates that the industry spends over two billion dollars on such injuries each year and that these injuries are increasing at a rate of about 10% annually.
According to the National Restaurant Association, slip and fall accidents are the greatest source of general liability claims within the industry and the leading causes of death.
Restaurant kitchen flooring can be treated with a special etching process which will create a greater coefficient of friction or slip resistance. This leads to greater restaurant kitchen safety.
Slip Resistant Solutions has a product that will allow you to treat your own floors to make them slip resistant.
This product will restore your quarry tile to the coefficient of friction that is necessary to keep it slip resistant.
The process is not a difficult one. You will be able to treat your own restaurant floors to make them slip resistant. Our Quarry Tile product is perfect in kitchens while our Ceramic Tile product may work better in the other areas.
Used in combination with our Hard Surface Cleaner Degreaser which does not contain soap... you can have non slip restaurant floors.To watch a 10 minute video on how to do the floor treatment to make your floors slip resistant....click here
Young people and teens are working in restaurant kitchens more and more. Simple water left on the floor can cause great injury.
For the past thirty years there have been different floor treatments available to make floors slip resistant.
What has been done is that typically a company would come in to treat the restaurant kitchen flooring and charge somewhere between $1.00 and $3.00 per square foot for this treatment. This would create a surface that was extremely slip resistant. Then the company would walk away from it.
In a short time the floor would get an accumulation of soaps and greases that would coat the floor again. This would make the floor slippery again. This negated the process that was done to make the floor slip resistant. The only way to fix this was to have the expensive treatment done again.
By utilizing our system of TREATING THE FLOOR to make it slip resistant and also CLEANING THE FLOOR with our commercial grade SLIP RESISTANT SOLUTION'S HARD SURFACE FLOOR CLEANER/DEGREASER on a regular basis the floor will stay slip resistant.
SLIP RESISTANT SOLUTIONS, INC. has taken the chemicals and modified them to make it practical for use by individuals to treat commercial kitchens themselves. By using this process a business can have their slip and fall accidents drastically reduced.
We warranty that if done properly this will meet the standards that The American's With Disabilities Act uses for slip resistance. If used properly this will produce a coefficient of friction of greater than 0.60.
The first thing that a business owner needs to do to determine how much chemical they need is to measure the area to be treated. Each gallon of product will treat 350 to 400 square feet. We have different products for each floor type. We have Quarry Tile products and we have Ceramic Tile products so an owner needs to verify that his tile is one or the other.
The areas of the commercial kitchen that need to be treated are all surface areas where someone will be walking or areas that are under moveable work stations. If that area has not been treated and the rest of the floor has been, that could create an additional hazard.
The floor must be cleaned with the correct products that do not allow a greasy buildup. If treated floors are allowed to become coated with grease and cooking oils, then over time they no longer will be slip resistant. Remember that soaps are made from animal fat. A good degreaser should be used that does not contain animal fat. We sell a good degreaser that is not expensive. It dilutes to treat up to 15,000 square feet.
To a restaurant employer the phrase "slip-and-fall accident" means the most common employee hazard and the most frequent cause behind a workers' compensation claim.
Slip and falls lead to 104 million lost workdays per year in North America!
New research by a restaurant insurance group indicates that liability costs related to customers" slipping, tripping or falling on a restaurant's premises may be a little-noticed expense that is raising insurance and operating costs among commercial restaurants.
Perhaps surprising, too, is a second insurance research group's annual assessment of employee slips and falls, which found that hundreds of workers had a close brush with a slip or fall but caught themselves. However, those accident avoiders did not tell their employers about the dangerous conditions that required corrective action, which resulted in preventable costs and lost time when co-workers did injure themselves later.
Restaurant Insurance Corp., a Greenwood Village, Colo., insurance brokerage that specializes in varied policies exclusively for smaller operators, was one of the two firms that coincidentally and independently offered a sobering but alarming financial assessment of the costs of slips and falls by patrons and employees.
Restaurant Insurance Corp. analyzed 3,800 general liability, property and workers' compensation claims filed between January 2002 and October 2004. Of them, 2,332 were general liability; 932 were workers' compensation; and 530 were property claims.
Almost 40 percent of the general liability claims were related to slips, trips and falls. Those 908 claims cost restaurants $3.2 million, or an average $3,550 per establishment. The average cost for the 249 workers' compensation claims for the same kinds of accidents was $5,386.
Restaurant Insurance Corp. recommends that food service operators survey facility design and floor material to pinpoint spots where falls could occur. Additionally, restaurants should develop a comprehensive plan to prevent slip and fall accidents.
The other group, commercial insurer Liberty Mutual, in its annual Workplace Safety Index review, reported that employee slip-and-fall accidents in all industries hit an all-time high in 2002, the latest year for which figures are available, of $6.2 billion, up from $5.7 billion the year before.
Restaurant Insurance Corp., or RIC, estimated that every time a guest injures himself from a slip, trip or fall on a restaurant's premises, it pays about $3,550 in liability costs.
Restaurateurs need to look at their slip, trip and fall hazards and take steps to ensure that safe flooring, adequate lighting and quick spill-cleanup routines are in place, said Paul Giunto, RIC's president and chief executive.
Taking all precautions will help to avoid that large settlement and one step that can be taken is the slip resistant floor treatment for tile floors of any kind. The coefficient of friction can be measured both before and after the treatment. The floor can be checked on a periodic basis to insure that the coefficient of friction is still high. Buildups of grease or cleaning products can cause lower readings and so it is important to clean with the proper products.
Some state that the etching process does not last in commercial kitchens. This is simply not true. The etching process does last. We have remeasured some floors that we treated as long as 15 years ago. One of these was a middle school hallway with a great deal of traffic. The floor itself remains slip resistant in spite of all of the foot traffic.
The commercial kitchen will remain permanently slip resistant if it is cleaned with the proper degreasers. The proper degreasers will emulsify the build up of grease on the floor. It is the buildup of grease and soaps that make the floor slippery. If that coating is removed with our degreaser then it will remain slip resistant. It must be used on a continual basis in order to keep the floor slip resistant.
Every effort to promote commercial kitchen floor safety will help with slip and fall lawsuits. A record of floor treatment and cleaning procedures will help to defend against costly slip and fall lawsuits.
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