Across the globe, facility managers are continually looking for ways to make their facilities safer for their employees and patrons. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), slips and falls account for over 1 million visits to the emergency room and are the primary cause of lost days from work and result in approximately $70 billion annually in compensation and medical costs. A major contributor to unsafe walking surfaces is a wet floor due to liquid spills.
Whether spills from employees or drips from machinery, liquids on the floor can have disastrous outcomes if not properly (and immediately) handled. We’ve compiled our top 5 tips in handling spills and drips in your workplace:
- Create a Spill Cleanup Procedure for your facility and train your employees on it. Less than half of all companies have a procedure in place to handle spills, and likely less have employees that are trained on it. There are plenty of examples and templates out there to start from.
- Use all of your sorbent. Too often, we’ve seen sorbents being disposed that are only partially used. Leave the sorbents in place until they are fully saturated. That’s sorbent that you paid for – be sure to max it out.
- Reuse your sorbents. Some sorbents, including 3M™ Sorbents, are reusable and liquids absorbed can be reclaimed if needed. Be sure to check with the manufacturer before purchasing to see if the sorbents are reusable.
- Use the most efficient sorbent possible. Disposal costs are on the rise, so it’s critical that you dispose with the highest liquid-to-sorbent ratio possible. Find sorbents that are lightweight but effective and stay away from heavier, layered sorbents that require more material to absorb the same amounts of liquid. This will help you to dispose of more liquids and less sorbent.
- Change the way you think about price. Purchasing the least expensive sorbent may cost you more in the long run. Look to see how many gallons a case will absorb, and do a calculation of price per gallon absorbed. If you’re looking to keep costs down, you will likely find that higher capacity sorbents are a better “price per gallon” deal.
So what makes 3M an expert in the sorbent industry? 3M pioneered the development of synthetic sorbents while utilizing one of our core technologies. Our sorbents contain no granules that can damage expensive equipment. Instead, they are made from microfiber materials, which contain millions of tiny pockets that absorb and hold liquids. This allows our sorbents to be very lightweight while providing greater absorbing power than most other available options. In fact, one gram of our sorbent absorbs 2-3 times more than a heavier, multi-layered sorbent.*
Whether you have a robust spill cleanup procedure in place or are starting from scratch, the sorbent you select can have a great impact on your cleanup effectiveness and facility costs. We hope that you take note of the tips listed here prior to your next sorbent purchase.
* Based on 3M laboratory testing.