With every step your employees take, they are exposed to the risk of slipping and falling. The more they walk, the more they are exposed. Additionally, slippery conditions such as oils, water, grease and even rain substantially increase that risk. According to the Labor Statistics, nearly 15% off all lost workday accidents are due to slips, trips and falls.
Many companies track the cost of these accidents by tracking things such as workers’ compensation claims and medical costs. These costs, known as “direct costs,” are easy to track.
Unfortunately, the direct costs do not represent the whole picture. “Indirect costs” such as lost productivity, replacement hiring and additional training are much harder to track and actually have a much larger financial impact. Often, the indirect costs can be as much as 10 times that of the direct costs.
Direct costs such as:
Indirect costs such as:
Slowed work pace due to other employees fear of injury
For over 80 years, TALAN has specialized in the reduction of workplace slips and falls through the implementation of safety shoes. When it comes to slips and falls, there is no shortcut. The only way to reduce the accidents (and the resulting workers’ compensation claims) is through a comprehensive slips and falls program.
The safety features of footwear, including slip resistance, are tested according to a set of European test standards written into EN ISO 20344:2004 (A1:2007). The performance specifications are given in an associated set of personal protective equipment (PPE) standards, namely:
The manufacturer has to prove slip resistance performance through testing. This is normally done using European standard BS EN ISO 13287:2007 - Personal protective equipment – Footwear – Test method for slip resistance.
Depending on the test conditions chosen, footwear tested according to the EN standards is now marked with one of the following codes, SRA, SRB, SRC.
The codes indicate that the footwear has met the specified requirements when tested as follows:
Footwear products should be tested and certificate should be provided by manufacturer. Also provides user information indicating the applications for which the footwear is suitable.