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The Most Commonly Slipped-On Surfaces

It’s true…Americans slip and fall a lot. In fact, over one million Americans suffer a slip and fall injury every year. You’d almost wonder how we get so much done when we’re spending that much time letting gravity take us down. We slip both outside and inside on water, ice, grease spots, floor wax, your toddler’s apple sauce, and anything in between.

Well, let’s all fight back with a “not today, gravity” and identify some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces.

Interior Flooring Surfaces

When a floor is waxed or cleaned, a wet floor sign should obviously be put up. However, people don’t always do things that they’re supposed to do. So if you see the hardwood floor shining back up at you thanks to that fresh wax reflecting the ceiling lights, it’s probably in your best interest to proceed with caution.

Mopping can have the same effect, and in facilities like restaurants or grocery stores that are constantly being mopped, you must always be alert for any slick or slippery areas. The services, wholesale, and retail trade industries combined account for over 60% of injuries from same-level slip and fall incidents.

So if you work in one of these industries, stay alert at all times, watch where you’re walking (that means don’t have your head buried down in your phone), and if you do see a slick spot, throw that wet floor sign out there.

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Most outdoor slip and fall injuries are the result of hazardous weather conditions (thanks, Earth). Whether it’s rain, snow, or ice, we love to slip on it. The weather is unpredictable and can change at any time, so unless you plan on never venturing outside again, there’s not much that you can do about avoiding it. Just stay alert and walk slowly if the elements do turn nasty.

But even on a sunny day, the outdoors are the host of several hazards that can cause falls. Uneven sidewalks, driveways, and parking lots are just perfect for the unsuspecting person to trip on. There’s no better way to start your day than by tripping on a pothole and watching your coffee go flying through the air. So stay alert, and always watch where you walk.

Entrances and Exits

Oh, you thought that all of Earth’s wonderful weather was just going to stay outside? If only that were the case. When people walk inside on a rainy or snowy day, they track in all of the water from outside and leave it nicely placed in the entryway of the building.

Now hopefully this building has a doormat at all entrances and exits, but if they don’t, these areas transform from doorways to slip-n-slides. And trust us, slipping your way into a grocery store isn’t exactly the most graceful way to do it. So stay alert when entering any building on a rainy day.

Obviously, nothing can protect you from all of these surfaces, but if you find yourself working in slippery conditions more often than not, feel free to check out our slip resistant shoes at www.srmax.com.

Slippery (Resistance) When Wet

Slips and falls can occur almost anywhere at any time. Didn’t see that grease spot on the kitchen floor? There’s a slip and fall right into the refrigerator. Missed that patch of black ice while walking into work in the middle of January? Now you’re laying on the sidewalk with a freshly sprained ankle.

If you work in slick and slippery environments, you may find that meetings between you and the ground are becoming more and more common due to slips and falls. Not wanting to hurt yourself and miss any time from work, it’s important to know just how to handle slippery conditions. Here are some of our tips.

Take slooooow steps (and learn how to do the shuffle)

There’s no need to rush over slippery spots. Take slow, small steps whenever you need to walk across potential slip hazards. Slowing your steps down also means that you can use your feet as “probes” to detect just how slippery the surface in front of you is.

Always watch where you’re stepping before you actually take a step. If you’re walking slowly, your reaction time will be more responsive to changes in traction. If stepping is too dangerous, do the shuffle! Keep your feet on the ground (at least one foot apart) and just glide and dance your way across that spill. We wouldn’t recommend practicing your ice dance routine, though.

Bend your knees, and walk flat-footed

Life is all about balance, right? Well, the same is true for walking over slippery surfaces. You’re going to want to make sure that you are as centered and balanced as possible. While walking, slightly bend your knees and try to walk flat-footed as much as you can. This keeps your center of gravity over your feet to maintain that perfect balance. To help with this, point your feet slightly outward.

Remember, none of this has to be too drastic. We don’t want you squatting down like a crab and walking sideways with your feet pointed out. Just get your feet directly underneath you and keep them flat while taking (slow) steps.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane…balance beams!

Remember when you were a kid on the playground walking along the balance beams? You didn’t keep your hands close to your sides to keep yourself balanced. You extended them straight out to your sides!

Now, do the same thing when walking across a slippery surface. Keep your arms extended to the sides to maintain your balance. And if you haven’t read a single word yet, remember this tip: Never keep your hands in your pockets. Not only will your balance be poor, but if you do slip, you won’t have your arms out to protect yourself. Hello, missing teeth.

Handrails are there for a reason

Those cute little handrails next to steps aren’t just there for decoration. They might be the one thing that keeps you from slipping and falling, so use them! If the stairs are slippery, use any railings that you can find to keep yourself balanced and upright.

If there aren’t any railings insight, try to use a wall, counter, or other surfaces nearby to grab onto while walking across the slippery surface. If all else, fails, take the balance beam approach we mentioned earlier.

Are slips common at your job? Then wear the proper footwear!

If you work in an environment where slips are a regular occurrence, then it’s important for you to have on a pair of slip-resistant shoes at all times. Interested in checking out some of our own styles? Feel free to browse through them at https://www.srmax.com/

Your Guide to Tax Deductible Slip Resistant Shoes

Tax time is here again, folks.

 

And let’s be real, we all want to get as much money back on our tax return as possible. We’re even more excited to tell you that your slip-resistant work shoes might just be tax deductible!

Yep, you read that right! Those comfortable, stylish and high performing SR Max® shoes you bought for work this past year could be completely tax deductible!

 

Ready for that refund? There’s something to keep in mind before you claim that deduction:

In order to deduct the cost of your slip resistant work shoes, they need to be specific to, and required for your job and not normally used for “everyday wear”.

If your shoes qualify as “protective clothing” (slip resistant shoes are certainly protective!) and you are required to purchase them as a condition of your employment, and not normally worn outside of work, you can deduct the cost of them from your taxes!

So, if you do claim your slip resistant work shoes as a deduction, make sure you do the following:

  • Keep a copy of your employer’s policies. If need be, you can present written proof that your employer requires certain slip-resistant shoes to be worn while working.
  • Keep your receipt! Receipts provide proof that you spent the money on the clothes you are claiming a deduction for. Without one, you won’t be able to claim your deduction.
  • Include your clothing costs with your other “miscellaneous itemized deductions” on your tax return.
  • Finally, check with a certified tax preparer to make sure you claim all the deductions you’re eligible for!

There you have it! That’s all it takes to get even more out of your tax return. Now the real question is how are you going to spend that tax return money?!

 

For more helpful tips and educational information, check us out at srmax.com

Tips to Keep You Safe at Your Warehouse Job

Slippery surfaces, extremely hot or cold climates, and potential hazards around every corner. If that description sums up your job conditions, chances are you work in a warehouse. As a manager or employee, you are more than aware of the risks that come with the job. In fact, a warehouse is one of the most dangerous places to work. But you can help reduce the potential for accidents in the workplace just by following some simple safety advice.

Here are some safety tips for working in a warehouse:

Tip 1: Don’t Try to Impress

If you are faced with lifting and moving heavy objects all day long, don’t try and show off in front of your coworkers by lifting heavy materials improperly, or by trying to lift something that you shouldn’t be lifting in the first place. Use the dollies, forklifts and hand trucks that you have available to make your job easier and prevent injuries. Also remember to wear protective clothing including hard hats, gloves, vests, masks, belts, eyewear and proper slip-resistant footwear.

Tip 2: Clear Areas of Pallets, Cartons, and other Debris

All areas should be kept clean and free of debris. When unpacking materials, immediately dispose of any debris that could cause slips and falls. Treat aisles the same way you would a busy street. Look both ways and always stay alert when crossing or going around corners. Empty trash cans before they fill up all the way. Always stack heavier objects on the bottom of piles with lighter objects on top. This helps to ensure that your stacks won’t collapse on or around you, ultimately keeping you and your coworkers safe from falling boxes and materials.

Tip 3: Dress for Safety and Success

Avoid wearing baggy or excessively loose-fitting clothing. As with any job, it is important to dress the part. That means wearing comfortable clothing that is not too baggy. This will help protect you from getting caught anything that might be on the side of your path or line of walking. Proper slip resistant work shoes are also important in your line of work.

Tip 4: Know your safety protocols

Make sure emergency exits are clearly marked and you know the quickest route to safety from any location in the facility. In addition to knowing where your emergency exits are located, it is important to know where first-aid kits and supplies are kept. In an emergency, you don’t want to be faced with the task of locating the first aid kit.

This final tip probably doesn’t come as a surprise either, but it is imperative that you report safety hazards when you see them. This ensures that the issue is dealt with immediately, lowering the risk for at-work accidents. And the end result is a safer, more efficient and ultimately, profitable company.

To learn more about what we can do to help you stay safe at work, check us out at srmax.com

which shoe program is right for my company

Which Shoe Program is Right for My Company?

Enforcing a slip-resistant shoe program isn’t always at the top of a store manager or company owner’s priority list. As the supervisor, you might be putting a shoe program off because you think it would present you and your company with unexpected challenges such as embarking on the quest to find the perfect slip-resistant shoe for everyone, or simply because you just don’t know where to begin planning for a shoe program and which one would best suit your company.

While the thought of adding a shoe program to your company may seem intimidating, we promise it’s not as bad as it seems. Shoe programs are implemented and set in place to make sure that all employees are protected on the job when it comes to slip-resistant footwear.

Let us take the guesswork out of this for you. Here are three outlines of our most common types of slip-resistant shoe programs.

Basic Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This is our simplest shoe program. Employees are responsible for the purchasing and wearing of their own slip-resistant shoes to work to make sure that they are protected when it comes to slip and falls.

As a result, they end up purchasing shoes from retailers with name brands that, unfortunately, have some of the lowest slip resistance results on the market today. While technically they’re still in compliance with the footwear program, these shoes do little toward resisting slip and fall accidents in the workplace.

This type of program, for evident reasons, has the lowest rate of success.

Payroll Deduction Slip Resistant Shoe Program

This type of program is most common for companies with slip-resistant shoe programs. In this program, the company is able to authorize and recommend vendors from which employees are able to purchase their shoes.

Workers are able to order their shoes through a manager or via a custom website. When their shoes arrive, the cost is deducted from the employee’s check over several pay periods. There are many modifications that can be made to this type of program which can lead to a higher rate of success for the companies that use them. Your personal account representative will be able to help you come up with the right modifications for you.

Subsidy Slip Resistant Shoe Program

In this type of program, the company decides on a dollar amount to give each employee an allowance towards their slip-resistant shoes. Subsidy amounts all depend upon the company and what they are trying to accomplish with their slip-resistant shoe program. As a result, this is by far the most successful of all types of slip-resistant shoe programs that we offer. It is also known to be the most suitable for companies that are looking to reduce on-the-job slip and fall accidents as well as workers’ comp claims.

All costs set aside, there are many other benefits to starting up a corporate shoe program. Your employees will not only feel good in their choice of slip-resistant work shoes but will also look good. They’ll feel valued as an individual and sense that their company is serious when it comes to their own personal safety on the job.

Ready to get started? Check us out on our website at www.srmax.com to set up your shoe program today!

Top Exercises to Do While Standing at a Workstation

Article by Emily Bennett

Let’s be real here. Not everyone has time in their day to go to the gym after work or on their break. Demanding lives lead to our time being given up for other, more important things, like a job. Luckily, the state of our health doesn’t have to go with it.

As most people know, standing around all day at a workstation can be tiring. Standing there for hours on end in your slip-resistant shoes without really getting to move your legs can be even more tiring, and painful on top of that.

So while you’re just standing there at your workstation waiting to finish a task, why not add some exercises to help pass the time? You may even find that it helps you to stay focused and add some spunk to your step. Not to mention, if you are more focused and alert, you will be less likely to have a slip and fall accident. Here are a few exercises to help keep you on the balls of your feet throughout the workday:

  1. Pop a Squat: Keep your back straight and slowly bend down, imagining that you’re sitting down in a chair. When your thighs are parallel to the floor, return back up to standing position and repeat again.
  2. Raise Your Calves: Have both of your feet flat on the floor and then begin to stand on your tippy-toes. Hold this move for three seconds and then return to normal position, repeating it as many times as you please.
  3. Pushing those Pushups: Plant your hands on the edge your station, shoulder-width apart. Stretch your legs out behind you, lower your chest to the desk, and just push up.
  4. Marching in Your Place: You can burn up to 225 calories just from marching or pacing in place for around an hour. Movement like this can also stimulate brain activity, so you’ll be good to go when it comes to being productive AND energetic.
  5. Get a Good Shoulder Stretch: Stretch one arm across your chest, and reach your other arm under and in front of it (don’t just half do it!) . Pull your arms close to your chest and hold right there in place. Then, just reverse the stretch and repeat again.

By doing these exercises, you’re saving your body a headache in the long run. Believe it or not, research shows that by just doing 30 minutes of exercise a day can help fix pain caused from standing for long periods of time.

So do your body a favor and get to work on starting some of these exercises, even if that means doing them in your slip resistant work shoes. You’ll feel better about yourself, and you might even pick up some compliments along the way. Remember, a healthy body leads to a more happy and healthy you (and a better effort made on the job!).

Visit us at www.srmax.com for more information on treating your body and staying in shape in the workplace.

Tips to Keep You Safe at Your Restaurant Job

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

You know what a busy night at a restaurant looks like right? The chaos that ensues between orders being called, bells being rung, and the notorious ‘BEHIND!’ being shouted as you cross the kitchen. Working in a restaurant requires long hours and oftentimes- constant motion, whether you’re a waiter or waitress, busser, chef, or manager, chances are you’re constantly moving during a meal rush.

With everyone buzzing around at a rapid pace, its easy to drop, spill, or break something and cause a disruption in the workflow that can ultimately cost you money whether it’s through time, tips, profit, or even workman’s comp claims.

Without an understanding of safety hazards and prevention techniques, you could find yourself with serious injuries and hefty financial losses.

Check out our list of common accidents and work safety tips to help prevent workplace accidents and make your restaurant safer:

Most Common Accidents

While there are numerous accidents that can occur at any given time, here are three accidents that happen frequently and but with a little effort, can be avoided.

Education and Prevention

While you can never completely prevent accidents, here are a few things that can be done to keep you and your workplace environment safer:

  • Utilize non-slip mats in slip prone areas like around sinks
  • Ensure that employees wear slip resistant footwear
  • Have employees wear cut-resistant gloves when handling sharp blades
  • Keep slicers and other dangerous equipment maintained at all times
  • Ensure that employees use oven mitts when handling hot pans

In addition to these tips, providing employees with educational materials is an effective way to train them to identify hazards and highlight ways to perform their jobs without getting injured.

It’s also crucial to have the appropriate emergency supplies on hand so injuries can be treated immediately.

There will always be the potential for accidents to happen when you are working in a restaurant environment. Practicing preventative kitchen techniques and safety tips can help you lower your odds of having an injury occur at work.

Want to learn more about SR Max® products and services? Check us out at srmax.com.

What are the main causes for slipping in the workplace?

Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

 

Slips happen. No matter how careful you try to be or how many safety meetings you sit through, they still happen. As you will notice, wearing no-slip shoes cannot prevent some of these causes. However, knowing what to look for might be all it takes to prevent a slip and fall accident.

Whether you’re a nurse, waiter,  janitor, or have any job requiring you to work in what can sometimes be considered a slick environment, these main causes will more than likely apply to you.

Here are the top causes of slips and what you can do to prevent them in your workplace:

Loose Laces

This one seems fairly straight forward, and you’re probably wondering why we would bother mentioning it at all. Securely tying your shoelaces can be the difference between another day at work, and a painful trip to the hospital! Something this simple is an easy fix, so make sure your shoelaces are knotted twice to help prevent them from coming undone while on the job.

Your Outsole has no Sole! 

The outsole of your shoe assures that you can do your job quickly and effectively, without any accidents. Beware of worn down soles, soles that are flat ,or have a flat edge to the outsole.

When shopping for a slip resistant shoe, remember the space and depth of the tread are important for gripping. If you see the outsole is worn down, then it may be time for some new slip resistant shoes.

Roadblocks

Slippery surfaces, trash and foreign objects are common in most restaurant, hospital, and hospitality professions. Make sure to remain conscious of where you’re walking and take the extra second to clean up any debris in the way.

Being aware of your surroundings and wearing proper slip resistant shoes can make the difference between a productive workday and an accident.

 

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The Most Commonly Slipped on Surfaces

Slippery Floor with Mop

Despite the preventative measures your company takes and the safety regulations they have in place, workplace accidents will still happen.

Knowing what types of surfaces can become the most slippery can help create awareness and allow you to pay closer attention to your surroundings while you’re on the job. Here are some of the most commonly slipped on surfaces, and a few preventative measures that you can take to stop slips before they happen.

What is a “Slip”?

We all know what a “slip” is, but why do they happen? A “slip” occurs when there isn’t enough traction or friction between the shoes and the walking surface.

When walking, you need friction between your shoes and the surface you are walking on in order to move forward and get around. When there’s a lack of friction, slips happen.

Wet or Dry, You’re Still at Risk

It’s no surprise that wet tile, laminate, and hard wood floors are a major cause for accidents in the workplace, but did you know that polished floors such as marble or ceramic tile can be extremely slippery even when they’re dry?

Materials such as dusts, powders, granules, and plastic wrapping are all examples of dry, slippery substances to keep an eye out for and be aware of.

Don’t Get Caught Slippin’

If you see a spill or slippery spot, first take the time to make it clear that the area is wet. “Wet floor” signs or caution cones are a great way to notify your coworkers. If something has been spilled, clean it up appropriately. It is better to get the spill cleared as soon as possible, as it lessens the chance for a slip and fall accident to occur.

In order to prevent slips from happening on a dry surface, make sure that you are sweeping and dusting the floor on a regular basis. This will prevent any buildup of dust and other fine substances from settling on the floor.

 

Curious about the proper way to clean up a spill and what slip resistant shoes we offer? Learn more at srmax.com

 

When Should You Replace Your Work Shoes?

So far you’ve been able to collect vital information from our blog on how to choose and clean your work shoes. But what happens when you’ve had your work shoes for years and they have lasted you countless shifts and they are slowly telling you that they’re ready for retirement?

Now, some people may go to the extremes of turning their work shoes into a D.I.Y. project and try and repair the shoes themselves. Is this a way to save money? Well sure, but will this improve your safety while on the job?

Absolutely not! It is a better idea to assess what you may need in your next work shoe and invest in a quality pair of shoes that will be able to do the job, while you’re on the job! Here are a few things that will let you know, without a doubt, that it’s time for a brand new pair of work shoes!

check your tiresCheck Your Tires

The tires of your car are one of the most important things to check on a regular basis. Why? Because they make sure our cars can get from place to place safely. The outsole of your work shoe functions the same way.

The outsole of your shoe assures that you can do your job quickly and effectively, without any accidents. If you see the outsole is worn down, then it may be time for a pair of new shoes.

Don’t Let Your Shoe “Talk”

talking shoes

The outsole of your shoe starts to separate from the upper, we refer to this as “talking”. Any sign of your shoes starting to separate is an apparent sign that it is time to invest in a new pair of work shoes. Not only can this look bad in your place of work, but it can also be very dangerous in a fast paced environment.

Do Your Soles Have Holes?  

Holey shoesUnder no circumstance shoe your shoe be “hole-y”! This is not only an unappealing issue, but it is also a safety issue. Depending on your work environment, small holes could quickly turn into big holes and leave you in a very unsafe situation. It’s important when you notice your shoe is worn in this way, that you work quickly to replace them.

You’ll Have to Replace Them Eventually 

There’s no hard and fast rule about the age of slip resistant shoes or how often you should buy new ones. Depending on your work environment, your shoes could last shorter or longer. Generally, slip resistant shoes will last between six and twelve months in the average work environment. Some may last longer, some not as long. Every pair of shoes has to be replaced eventually.

If you realize that you are running into these issues with your work shoes, then head over to the srmax.com website and see what shoes may be best for your industry.