How To Prevent Falls & Slips In Restaurants

Published on Author James Matthews

All it takes is one simple little slip caused by either a greasy floor or a carpet corner and even flooring that is uneven which could result in a customer or employee ending up in the hospital. The results of that could be an expensive lawsuit. Let’s talk about some ways to keep your restaurant floor safe and prevent slips and falls.

The first step that a restaurant owner needs to take in order to prevent slips and falls is to walk around and find out where the hot spots are. You need to know which areas of the restaurant are at the highest risk. If this is something that you do not feel comfortable doing yourself because of the responsibility that it carries then hire a certified walkway auditor. These are qualified people who are trained on how to look out for dangerous areas on restaurant floors.

To prevent slips and falls from happening to your employees the best thing to do is make sure that they wear the right type of shoes. To enforce this rule you can supply the shoes yourself which will mitigate any delay.

To make sure that customers do not fall as they enter the restaurant make sure that you put mats at all the entrances. Customers feet will probably be wet when they come into your restaurant and this is when a fall happens.

Another way to prevent slips and falls is to always make sure that you clean up any spills as soon as they happen. Restaurant owners should invest in tools like proper microfiber flat mops. These types of mops hold 7 times their weight in water and can clean up messes and spills very quickly which is very important when you are dealing with a busy restaurant. Check availability and stock in your area.

If your floor is very oily and greasy then you’re going to have to use the right type of products that are able to cut through oil and grease in order to clean the floor properly. There’s no use just using hot water to clean a floor that has oil or grease on it.

Avoid mixing mops. it is not a good idea to use the same mop in the front of the restaurant as you do in the actual restaurant kitchen. By doing this you could potentially be spreading grease into the restaurant area where the customers are seated. A great solution to this problem is to use microfiber mops and only use clean pads every time you need to clean something.