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FLOORING

Conducting a risk assessment will help club and pub managers determine: • how severe a risk is • whether any control measures exist; and, if so, how effective they are • what action should be taken to control the risk • how urgently this action should be undertaken.

How to ensure that your flooring

High-risk areas for slips and trips: • areas where floors can become wet or oily – for instance, the floors surrounding bars and kitchens, and entrances when it is wet or raining outside • sloping surfaces • high pedestrian traffic areas • any area where people must walk/move quickly.

is safe The best way to prevent slips and falls is to build and design your venue with safety in mind. During the design and construction of a venue, owners and managers should always think about safety. There are various types of flooring options to choose from in today’s society, each with a safety feature to ensure the prevention of injury. • Carpet: Carpet flooring in clubs and pubs is a costeffective safety solution. The carpet fibres absorb liquid,

preventing slips resulting from wet floors; however, the life of a carpet is substantially shorter than other flooring options, and tears, rips and general wear and tear can add to the threat of a slip or trip. If you choose to fit your venue with carpet, ensure that you allow for regular maintenance of the surface. Carpet tiles are a way around introducing a new hazard into your venue. When a tear or hole appears in the carpet, replacing one tile rather than the entire floor will not only eliminate the risk relatively easily, it will also allow your premises to continue to run, eliminating a loss of profit due to a venue’s closure. • Concrete: Concrete is one of the best floor surfaces to available on the market, as it is good in all weather conditions – including in the rain. This option is also affordable, and when used correctly, concrete floors can also be the point of difference in your venue’s interior. • Quarry/ceramic tiles: These tiles offer low water absorption and have a good resistance to chemicals, making quarry and ceramic tiles an easy and costeffective safety solution. While these tiles can be slippery when wet, they can be molded with aggregate or profiles before installation – this will improve slip resistance; however, if this option is chosen, special cleaning equipment may be required. • Timber flooring: Timber floors are aesthetically appealing, and are easy to maintain. Spilt drinks are easily wiped off the wooden surface, and high-traffic areas are often unaffected by foot traffic; however, timber flooring can become a hazard when wet. Thankfully, there are various anti-slip coatings and products that will help with the slippery nature of timber flooring. The benefit of such treatments is that they are easy to apply, and can be rolled onto timber and wooden floors even after construction and design has been completed. C&PM

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