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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/

Shoe Requirements for Hospitality Workers


Article by Lindsay Cleghorn

 

When you think about hotel staff, who do you think of first? The front-of-house staff that greets you and helps you with check-in? The housekeeping staff that makes sure your room is in pristine condition when you arrive? Or maybe the kitchen crew, buzzing around prepping for the next rush and preparing high-quality meals. What do all of these people have in common? That’s right. They should all be wearing slip resistant footwear.  

Still not convinced? Read on to see why it’s crucial for all hospitality workers to wear slip resistant shoes on the job.

Housekeeping Staff

On average, each member of a housekeeping staff is asked to turn over, or clean up about sixteen rooms a day! With so many rooms to take care of, it’s no surprise that maids and housekeeping staff get more than their fair share of steps in every day. It also comes as no surprise that this type of work can lead to strains in your lower back, legs, and arms. Did you know that one slip and fall accident can lead to sprained ankles and other (possibly more severe) injuries? For this reason, slip resistant footwear with plenty of support is a must. We recommend shoes with a padded insoles as well to help with the constant pressure you’re putting on your feet by using them all day. It’s important that you only bust your tail figuratively, not literally.

Front-of-house staff

The front-of-house staff typically spend most of their shifts on their feet, standing in one place. With that being said, front-of-house staff members are still at risk for slips and falls while maneuvering around the facility. Look for a slip resistant dress shoe with plenty of support in order to keep you comfortable during those long hours. Greeting guests with a genuine smile might be difficult if your feet are throbbing, so make sure you are in a pair of shoes that won’t just get the job done, but will allow you to do your job in comfort as well.

Kitchen Staff

Like any other dining facility, the kitchen can be a dangerous place. There’s no question that when you’re working in a kitchen, there’s bound to be unseen spills, and other unforeseen hazards such as slippery floors, sharp utensils, and hot surfaces just like any other kitchen. In addition to all of the potential hazards, there’s also the potential chance that you’ll be doing your duties while dealing with achy feet. We can’t stress the importance of comfortable slip resistant shoes enough.

 

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