Optimal cleaning for safer floors

The IRSST (Institut de recherche Robert Sauvé sur la santé et sur la sécurité du travail) showed that a clean floor is less slippery than a floor contaminated with slipping agents such as fats and oils.

Laboratory experiments showed that floor cleaners can be classified into categories and that the cleaning efficiency of these categories depends on the nature and amount of the fat, the type of flooring, the temperature of the cleaning solution, the concentration of the floor cleaner and , most importantly, the cleaning methodology adopted by the worker.

In a five year period, slip and fall accidents accounted for 5.5% of all Québec work injuries with an incidence rate of 2,4 per 1000 workers. Every year, there are around 6 500 slip and fall accidents with a gravity of 8.2 weeks and annual compensations over 25 million dollars.

Workers, male and female, from every economic sector are affected but some sectors are more at risk than others such as Restaurant Trade (with 7% of all slip and fall accidents) and Lodging and Catering (with an incidence rate of 6,2).

The cleaning efficiency depends on many parameters among which the most important are : the category and concentration of the floor cleaner, the nature and amount of contaminant, the type of flooring, the temperature of the cleaning solution and the cleaning method.

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