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Safely Secure

December 1, 2016

The basic idea of creating a safe and secure environment can be summed up as: taking action to protect ones assets from hazards and threats, thereby creating safe and secure conditions. ‘Safety’ is about being protected, while ‘Security’ is about being free from danger. The differences between the two are subtle; but, both provide peace of mind.

Companies spend a great deal of time, effort, and money to make sure that their electronic information, internet access, and computers are secure. They encrypt, create passwords, and install programs to prevent problems before they arise. As companies take these steps, their employees and guests are secure in the knowledge that their information is safe.

Doesn’t it make sense, then, for companies to put forth the same amount of effort to create a safe environment in the actual world, as they do in the virtual one? Dangers aren’t just lurking online; they are everywhere.

            Slips, trips, and falls occur every day. According to the U. S. Department of Labor, slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of general industry accidents. Work place falls are attributed to over 8.6 million visits to the emergency room each year in the U.S. In Fiscal Year 2014-15, approximately 1800 employee workers’ compensation claims were attributed to slips, trips or falls which cost nearly $12 million! Also, total injuries due to non-work related falls is estimated at $13.5 million per year in the U.S. Falls are the number one cause of accidental injury. In fact, a National Floor Safety Institute’s study revealed that there are approximately eight million emergency room visits per year in the United States, almost one-third of which occur because of slip or trip and fall issues. And over 35% of all United States citizens 65 and older are involved in a fall every year. Falls occur in virtually all manufacturing, retail, and service sectors to both employees and guests.

What causes slips and trips? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), floors and flooring materials (such as curled, wrinkled, or slippery mats) contribute directly to more than 2 million non-work related fall injuries each year. Slips can occur when floors or other working surfaces become slippery due to wet or oily processes, floor cleaning, leaks, or from materials and debris left in walkways. Trips can occur due to uneven floor or working surfaces, mats with improper backing which slip, stretched carpet or bunched floor mats intended to prevent slipping! Both slips and trips often times result in falls.

The risk to employees and guests of a slip, trip or fall is real and dangerous. Flooring and matting are sometimes an afterthought. Business/building owners and managers, and facility managers benefit financially and professionally from utilizing quality flooring and mats. Proper flooring and matting could prevent injury, pain, suffering, and lost wages for those injured. Proper flooring and matting could also prevent high insurance premiums, costly settlements, loss of productivity, and the burden of responsibility for owners and managers.

Facility Sourcing Direct sources commercial flooring designed with safety in mind. They also source anti-fatigue and entrance mats designed to be extremely durable, cost effective, and ruggedly safe! These mats are light weight, customizable, made with quality materials, and do not curl or slip! For more information on commercial flooring, anti-fatigue and entrance mats, janitorial supplies, receptacles and liners, or pool/spa supplies, contact our Facility Sourcing Direct experienced and knowledgeable sales rep lynn@facilitysourcingdirect.com for assistance in evaluating your flooring and matting needs to secure a safe environment for you, your employees, and guests!

For more information about Facility Sourcing Direct, visit our website at: www.facilitysourcingdirect.com. 



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