The Covid-19 pandemic has required restaurants, hotels, malls and other commercial establishments that are open in Georgia to adopt certain protocols to maintain safe health standards. However, sanitization and social distancing protocols at these facilities may actually increase the risks of slip and falls at these establishments.
Businesses are now expected to protect not just employees, but also patrons, including customers and guests. Facility Executive, a publication that caters to facility maintenance, has advice for businesses that are looking to reopen in the new “normal.” The new sanitization protocols can lead to the creation of several unsafe slip and fall risk zones around an establishment. It is important for businesses to identify these potential slip and fall risk zones, and take steps to mitigate the risks of fall accidents in these areas.
At many of these businesses, handwashing protocols will reign supreme. The areas around hand sanitization and washing stations are at special risk. Many of these handwashing counters are situated right at the entrance, which means a greater possibility of spillage of liquids and sanitizers on the floor, comprising a possible fall risk, when people enter the establishment.