Improving air movement and reducing condensation buildup can be the best options to reduce slip and fall concerns in industrial facilities.
Solutions for the ubiquitous slip and fall issues happening in workplaces are not accomplish by fixing the floor but managers might find the answer by looking up on the ceiling.
Condensation of frosty moisture during summertime brings about slippery conditions on walking areas. Floors made of concrete slabs are liable to emit moisture every time there are changes in humidity and temperature. The best way to deal with nature’s way is to increase air movement by installing huge-sized highly reliable overhead fans or, the most expensive method, is air conditioning the entire facility.
Industrial facilities all over the world have proven that these big fans – ranging up to 27 ft in diameter – are utilized in moving air all throughout the area, from the ceilings above down to the floors below and from door to wall.
Airing out reduces the risks of slip and falls.
Condensation results when warm air comes in contact with a cold surface. When air is colder, its ability in storing moisture is diminished. The presence of these little droplets of water in the working space can mean big trouble.
Difficult problems in operation, as well as loses in production, are the effects of condensation during summer and fall. In spring, air temperature is maintained by the concrete for about a month. Balmy April produces 72 degrees F on concrete slab as it increases the 50 degrees F from March. The warm air on the concrete slab gets cooler and in fall, cold metal coming from a truck entering the warmed space causes the same effect.
Areas of high relative humidity are more prone to condensation. Industrial air movement systems reduce condensation buildup in any facility no matter what kind of weather.
HVAC equipment distributor N.B. Handy noticed the changes taking place on conundrum slippery floors due to condensation. Whenever there was a change in weather or humidity, Handy could see that a standing puddle is created on the concrete floor resulting from the concrete sweating due to the temperature.
N.B. Handy operations manager, Blake Boleman said that it was not safe for the forklifts to enter as they couldn’t stop; and he saw that people were slipping on the water.
N.B. Handy decided to install five large-diameter, low-speed fans and Handy recorded a drought. Complete dryness and safer working environment.
There is safety in looking up.
John Rock Inc., manufacturer of Pallet, overlooking safety issues, designed its new production facility by installing a slick concrete floor.
Penn Cooper related how they spent lots of money to have a very smooth floor so they could move around efficiently but they made the floor like a big skating rink, just because it was wet.
What they did to remedy the issue was to install six 24-ft. diameter fans. It thoroughly combine the air, causing a little difference temperature from the floors below to ceiling above and eliminating the chance for condensation to form.
Cooper said that the fans dramatically supported the safety here and it was such a great blessing keeping their people safe from slip and falls.
As these illustrations show, EHS professionals who are having safety problems on condensation must start by focusing only into one direction: looking up.
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