Question: We just refinished the floor in our production area and need a way to stop or absorb leaks and drips so that we don’t ruin the floor and so no one slips and falls. We tried industrial rugs, but we can’t roll carts over them because they bunch up and people catch their toes on them. Are there other choices?
Answer: In some situations, leaks, drips and overspray aren’t as easily contained and do end up in walkways and aisles. Grippy Floor Mats are useful in these areas because they can be quickly placed in aisles and work areas to soak up liquids and provide traction for foot traffic and carts.
If the leaks and drips are from machinery, consider spill containment berms around the machines to keep fluids contained. The pooled liquids can then be vacuumed for reuse, recycling or disposal.
Absorbent socks can also provide fluid containment at the base of machinery or on ledges where liquids accumulate by preventing fluids from leaking onto walkways and aisles.
No matter what route you choose to absorb leaks and drips, it is important to develop or modify good housekeeping plans to include the processes for maintaining and/or replacing floor safety items. It’s also vital to communicate these practices and any updates to employees.