7 step guide to identifying and reducing slip hazards
Although many people who suffer slip and fall injuries may have a genuine claim, there is an increasing number of cases where local government departments, councils and other public bodies have become the victims of false claims and expensive “slipigation”.Successful slip and fall claims can result in payouts of hundreds of thousands of dollars. But fraudulent or scam claims can also be very costly and time-consuming.The first step to preventing slips and falls – and avoiding the legal consequences – is to make sure that all potentially dangerous areas are treated with an appropriate anti-slip coating.Understand the environmentMake regular, documented assessments of slip and trip risks both inside and outside the building. High hazard areas are those which are frequently wet – like kitchens and washrooms, or smooth concrete outside areas which are exposed to the elements. Access ramps are also prime candidates for slips as are concrete walkways and polished timber or tiled floors.Listen to the locationAs part of your assessment, you should ‘listen to the location’. Is it often used by elderly or disabled people who are more prone to slips or falls? Or is it a work area where people are carrying big or heavy loads which make a fall even more dangerous. Is it a busy work or high-traffic area that’s prone to dirt, grime or grease build-up on the floor?Recognise your duty of careYour duty of care to both your employees and the public means you must manage health and safety risks associated with slips, trips and falls by eliminating – or minimising the risk so far as is reasonably practicable.It’s your responsibility to ensure your floors and walkways comply with Australian Standards’ anti-slip codes. You’d be surprised how many floors don’t. If you don’t comply, you’re leaving yourself wide open to litigation.If in doubt, get it testedRather than leave things to guesswork, you can have your floors professionally tested for their slip resistance or R rating. The test uses a pendulum-style meter which gauges the amount of resistance the floor would create under skid circumstancesConsider your optionsThere are many ways to make a floor less slippery. One common method is using granules or beads in a polyurethane coating which, when cured, creates a nonslip, sandpaper-like texture on the floor. Other options include hard-wearing epoxy coatings incorporating a fine grit which are particularly suitable for factory or workshop floors. A professional can advise you which coating is most suitable for your needs.The economics of prevention vs litigationTrips, slips and falls are on the rise. Every year, there are thousands of incidents in Australia, 23% of which lead to serious claims. 56% of all slips, trips and falls are caused by environmental factors, such as slippery floors and the average cost of each case amounted to $104,370. As you can see, the cost of prevention far outweighs just one claim against your organisation – be it real, or a scamGet a grip. Get a quote.Given the serious consequences of a slip in your premises, it’s essential that your anti-slip solution is applied by a professional who can assess your requirements, recommend the most appropriate coating – and then apply it so it will meet the necessary codes and last for years.At Kleenit, we’ve been providing Australia with anti-slip solutions for 30 years and have the expertise, equipment and materials to produce the right result every time. Our anti-slip coating services are available in Sydney NSW, Melbourne VIC, Perth WA and Canberra ACT.
4 reasons to high-pressure driveway cleaning
Without a doubt, one of our favourite jobs here at Kleenit is a request for a super-clean, just-like-new driveway. Whether it’s made of brick, pavers, concrete or something else, we have the high-pressure cleaning experience, equipment and ability to get that driveway looking like it’s just been laid.But why bother ordering us for driveway cleaning? Is it really that important? Is it worth the time and money?Street appeal is your property mojoDid you know that a huge factor when assessing the value of a home is how it looks from the front? That’s because when you’re selling, many people will be instantly turned off by something as unsightly as an old driveway. On the other hand, it could be one of the ‘first impressions’ that means love at first sight and gets you the house price you’re looking for.Let's talk about safetySomething else you might not know is that it’s not just dirt that is making your driveway look dirty. It’s also mould, mildew and even algae – and do you know what happens when these microorganisms get wet? That’s right, they get slippery. And whether it’s your kids, your grandparents or yourself, you don’t particularly want accidents on a driveway greased with oil, fungus and moss, do you?Cleaner driveways mean healthier homesIt’s also important to point out that all that dirt, mould, mildew and algae can even be a health risk. The most common health problems caused by this combination are respiratory in nature – and if it’s all over your driveway, chances are it will be all over your shoes… and all over your carpet. So just like you get your carpet professionally cleaned once in a while, it’s also really important to organise some driveway cleaning now and then.Property preservation and longevityJust like you clean your car to look after the paint job, the same is true of your driveway. Your home is your most valuable asset, and a properly looked after driveway will simply last decades and decades before needing to be completely re-done.Further preservation of your driveway can be obtained by applying a sealing or coating, creating a barrier that will keep your homefront in pristine condition and easier to maintain
What are the dangers of pressure cleaning?
Highly effective, potentially dangerousHigh-pressure cleaners are highly efficient at cleaning and removing stains from driveways to bricks. Anything from oil stain or paint removal, to gutter and roof cleaning jobs, can benefit from a high- pressure cleaning service. Pressure cleaners are versatile and offer a great range of solutions for both home and business cleaning tasks.While it’s feasible to buy or hire a high-pressure water cleaner system for your cleaning tasks, it’s good to remember that the cleaning system is, in fact, dangerous when not used correctly, or used by someone inexperienced.There are many dangers of using high-pressure cleaners when you haven’t previously received safety training in how to use high-pressure tools. It’s best to take the risk seriously and enlist the help of a professional to get the job done in a safe and effective manner.Risks are for realPressure washers use either a gas hose or electric motor to boost water pressure anywhere from 30 to 80 times higher than a normal washer. That’s one powerful cleaner. While extremely good at making cleaning tasks a breeze, you need to consider possible risks when using a pressure system.Potential damage can range from bruises to laceration, skin damage, and eye damage when the spray is misdirected. Thousands of people are admitted to hospital each year as a result of pressure water usage – a shocking statistic considering that the majority of these injuries could have been avoided by appropriate training or use of professional services.Potential injury risk can even range as far as electrocution. When customers don’t take the risk seriously, or treat these tools as toys, accidents are bound to occur.Safe to say, it’s best to hire a professional for high-pressure cleaning services. When selecting a company for your high-pressure cleaning job, what you want to look for is a reputable company that is both reliable and highly experienced in these tasks.Kleenit is a highly experienced company with a variety of cleaning solutions to suit your needs. When you’re in need of a high-quality pressure cleaning service, give Kleenit a call today to discuss your cleaning job.
Get rid of graffiti the easy way
Act quickly to discourage vandalsGraffiti not only looks unsightly, if left untreated it quickly attracts even more graffiti and can lead to escalated antisocial behaviour in the vicinity. Also at their own game, the best way is to remove their handiwork as soon as possible. Graffiti artists thrive on an audience for their work; and without one, they will soon move on elsewhere, Therefore, depriving them of an audience will unavoidably result in a costly exercise for any vandal and a waste of their spray paint. Kleenit graffiti crews can respond rapidly to your graffiti-covered property and restore it to its original condition. So read on to see how the professionals tackle a problem that costs Australia around $1.5 billion a year.
Meth testing, cleaning & remediation
The complete testing and deep cleaning service for meth-contaminated propertiesLast year, Australian police busted 744 clandestine methamphetamine labs. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg as it’s estimated only one in ten labs are discovered.Buyers and renters are increasingly aware of the health consequences of living in a meth-contaminated property and many are now insisting on meth-free certification before they move in.We can test any property for drug-related contamination – and, where necessary, deep clean to remediate the home to restore a safe, clean living environment.Meth, an invisible threat to public healthThe illegal manufacture of the highly-addictive drug methamphetamine – meth, crystal meth or ice – involves a concoction of extremely dangerous and toxic chemicals. And the drug itself permeates furniture, walls, carpets, heating and air conditioning systems and a property’s entire plumbing system and can remain at unsafe levels for months or even years.Living in a former meth lab, therefore, has serious health consequences. Even a property that has not been used as a lab but has seen heavy meth use is potentially toxic.Kleenit’s Meth Lab Remediation highly-trained technicians can test for meth levels and then begin a thorough cleanup and decontamination of the property. It’s a highly-specialised and potentially dangerous process that should only ever be left to the professionals.Clandestine meth labs could be operating closer than you thinkNew methods of cooking meth are comparatively odour-free meaning clandestine labs no longer need to be hidden in rural or remote areas. Today, labs are commonly found in city and suburban residences and in sheds, garages and other outbuildings. Some have even been discovered in million-dollar rental homes.The dangers of meth productionThe illicit manufacture of meth uses a long shopping list of highly-toxic products and dangerous and flammable chemicals including phosphorous, ether, acetone, ammonia, drain cleaner, naphtha, hydrogen peroxide and various corrosive acids.For every kilogram of meth produced, it’s estimated that there are six kilos of toxic waste left behind and evident social damage.The invisible, long-lasting menaceMethamphetamine vapour permeates almost everything it touches including furniture, carpets, insulation and even plaster walls; and traces can remain for years. The manufacturing process also contaminates heating, ventilation and plumbing systems.Even if a clandestine lab has been operating for only a few weeks, it’s enough to pollute a property with unsafe, unliveable levels of the drug.Meth makes you illEven small, residual traces of this highly-powerful drug will make you ill. So a home that hasn’t been used as a lab but whose occupants have been heavy drug users poses a risk.Health issues include respiratory problems especially in those who suffer from asthma, behavioural changes in children, headaches, sleep pattern changes and eye and skin irritations plus an overall increased susceptibility to illness.Before and after testingWhen we are asked to clean a former meth lab, our technicians’ first step is to test key areas for contamination levels. We test for meth, MDMA (ecstasy) and heavy metals.This helps us to determine the scale of the problem and develop an appropriate plan of action. It also gives us a baseline level so that we can compare these figures with our post-cleanup test results.All samples are independently assayed by an approved laboratory and can be used, if necessary, for legal or insurance purposes.Deep cleaning and decontaminating your propertyBefore we start cleaning, we remove and dispose of any contaminated furniture, household items and fixtures which pose a health hazard. We also remove any left-over chemical waste or equipment from the former lab.Next, we deep clean every surface that has been exposed to meth using specialist equipment and chemicals imported from the USA. Our fogging technique increases the effectiveness of the decontamination solvents and ensures a quick and effective result.Air conditioners and plumbing systems are also made safe. Swabs are then taken to ensure the surfaces are completely clean and meth residue-free.Our technicians use the appropriate safety precautions and protective equipment to guarantee a fast, risk-free result.Discreet, any time meth cleaning or screening servicesNo one wants to find their property has been used as a meth lab or subject to heavy meth use and we fully understand the social stigma and inconvenience this can bring.Our Kleenit remediation technicians are professional, experienced and discreet. They can work at a time to suit you and will do everything they can to expedite a fast cleanup with the minimum of disruption to you or your neighbours.Meth-free certificationAs the scourge of illegal meth labs sweeps through suburbia, many prospective tenants and house buyers are asking for proof that a property is meth-residue free.We can professionally test any property and issue you with a certificate showing the property is a safe, meth-free environment.Who uses our service?Our clients include both residential and commercial property owners, landlords, real estate agents, property managers, local councils and government departments in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, including regional areas.
Safety line marking in Australia
Line marking for safety's sakeLine marking is the most effective way to protect pedestrians and mitigate hazards created by high energy objects, in contrast, it is often one of the most neglected or overlooked safety requirements in the workplace, car parks or warehouses.In Australia, everyone deserves a safe workplace and it is a manager duty of care to perform reasonable and practical efforts in order to keep surroundings safe or minimise risk and to comply with the WHS Act.This can be done planning, guiding traffic, or suggesting a visible barrier to separate operations from pedestrian movements around the workplace or areas that represent a danger to peoples wellbeing.Line marking to protect and complyWe all agree that no business or public space wants to face the possibility of litigation or cause bodily harm to employees or visitors.Without properly marked bays, directional arrows, pathways, crosswalks to identify, advice, guide, eliminate or reduce interactions between pedestrians energy objects, hazards and vehicles, our car parks, workplaces and public areas would be chaotic and dangerous.This means that line marking goes beyond the appearance of your workplace, and although this really matters. Floor line-marking main objective in warehouses, factories, shopping malls and other facilities is, hazard mitigation, visual communication and warning.Why is line marking so important?Defines evacuation paths, should an emergency occur Alerts people to potential trip hazards Line markings in aisles or rows can help avoid collisions from turning corners too tightly Specific hazards like chemical or electrical shock risks can be easily identified from a distance with proper line marking Prevent proximity to high energy objects and identify the hazard(s) related to these. Well marked car parking bays help prevent chaos and collisions Any ground space where vehicles are moving could be a possible collision risk, so line marking is important to indicate traffic direction Line marking helps to identify the placement of objects, like fire safety equipment, pallets, inventory and rubbish bins etc. This is not only important for safety but improves organisation Line markings quickly guide people to emergency first aid equipment and can minimise injury or prevent a fatality. Contributes to the community by providing safe and suitable areas for disabled people, mothers with prams or elderly and senior citizens to name a few. Professionally constructed plans and layouts for line markings are compliant, easy to navigate, indicate the location of equipment, and will keep visitors and employees safe.Motor vehicles are statistically very dangerousVehicles including powered mobile plant moving in and around a workplace or other areas, reversing, loading and unloading are frequently linked with death and injuries to workers and members of the public.First Kleenit, then mark it!At Kleenit, we offer a variety of floor marking services and a diverse range of solutions that many people would probably either take for granted – or hardly give a second thought, a free assessment or estimate is just a call away.Layout, stencil templates and planning before paintingOur technicians can design a detailed, scale plan showing the size, whereabouts and number of car bays. They can even stencil company logos, initials or identifying symbols on to the parking space surface and are familiar with the complex dynamics involved in planning a car park and offer solutions to any job regardless of its size.Afterhours line marking, we get busy when you're quietWe understand disruption is to be kept at a minimum, we understand that sometimes you just cannot stop your operation, call us, with this in mind we will be glad to find a way to get the job done!All our services, where necessary, are carried out to the most up to date safety standards to comply with your business or department requirements.Read more about line marking on our website.As well as line marking, at Kleenit we specialise in epoxy floor coatings, factory floor coatings, anti-slip floor coatings, and a host of other services for factories, shopping centres, parking spaces and businesses large or small.Check out our line marking teams in action on youtube here.Call in the safety line marking expertsKleenit’s line markers can tackle any WHS line marking job, big or small. Anything from a few parking bays in an apartment block through to major retail developments, service station forecourts and multistorey carparks.
How to choose the right floor coating type for you?
Floor coatings, a good investment to stand on!Many people underestimate the value of their floor. It is the lowest thing to look at when entering a house or building and it often doesn’t stand out until it does for all the wrong reasons.A floor can be absolutely stunning and a masterpiece in any room, building or factory, but if it is not taken care of it can look unsightly and be dangerous to walk, push things or even drive across.The term 'floor coatings' is a general reference to the type of paint or sealer applied to a floor surface, and should generally be administered by an expert who can recognise which type of coating or kit needs to be implemented, and more importantly, knows how to apply it and comply with MSDS requirements.With so many types of floor coatings, how do we choose the best one?There is no such thing as 'the best floor coating' as their performance depends on its final use and many external factors that can affect positively or negatively the final results, for example, epoxies are an excellent choice for garage floors and warehouses, but it has disadvantages when used around dairy products or floors with higher percentages of humidity, many have learned this the hard way.First, understand your floor purpose: Each type of floor coating is specific to its required use as this will determine what is suitable and what is not.For example, an epoxy floor coating would generally be used in a factory or workshop floor, a metallic epoxy on a home interior, whilst an acrylic sealer or a non-slip, may be used on a garage floor.Second: Ask yourself questions like What are the temperatures the room is exposed to? What are the traffic conditions? Is it industrial, commercial or residential? What is the heavier the load that the surface will support? which materials or chemicals will be in contact with the floor? who are the people that will be using the floor? are they seniors, kids or have any disability? Has the floor been prepared prior to the coating application?There are many different types of floor coatings that are suited for different floors, but they all serve the same purpose; to keep the floor clean, protect it from damage and heighten the safety of those who cross the floors. One word of advice, do not rush, study the floor characteristics and plan ahead to ensure the correct adhesion and obtain good longevity.Third: Whichever type of floor coating you need, Kleenit have the expertise and knowledge to recommend the type of coating required, prepare the floor correctly to ensure adhesion, and then apply the coating correctly and professionally.KLEENIT ARE APPROVED APPLICATORS, RECOMMENDED BY THE MANUFACTURER, FOR MANY FLOOR COATING SUPPLIERS INCLUDING DULUX, JOTUN AND I COAT TO NAME BUT A FEW.Famous for being versatile, epoxy floor coatings are excellent for floors that may be subject to chemical and oil spills. Common in industrial industries, epoxy floor coatings bond very well to floors made of concrete and are known to last a long time.Epoxy floor coatingsEpoxy flooring is considered the ultimate floor coating, providing a great range of benefits. The term epoxy denotes merely the type of resin mix that the “paint” is made from.It is generally a two pack kit that means part A and part B of the product are mixed together and then form a tough, durable finish when cured.Epoxy floors are well known for their excellent chemical resistance properties and are capable of withstanding spills from oils, detergents, and other contaminants however epoxy floors might fail under certain circumstances such as in contact with dairy products.Epoxy floors are hygienic and very hard wearing, and bond extremely well to concrete floors, especially when concrete prepared adequately and moisture problems fixed before its application.Choose any epoxy floor colour, but first ...The application of a floor coating on a garage, basement or warehouse requires the services of a professional who understands the nature and potential problems of every surface, prior to application.The surface needs to be completely cleaned and free from grease before any floor coating is applied. This will generally involve high-pressure cleaning or even acid etching.The floor coating is then generally applied in two stages…a primer first, followed by a number of coats of the final product.Anti slip floors are more complex in their application, and strict methods should be adhered to, to ensure the required Anti-slip texture rating (R rating) is achieved from the beginning and it is kept for years to come.Cleaning methods, application methods, coupled with drying times and strict recoat times are all critical to achieving a perfect result, and thus floor coatings of any kind whether they be epoxy floors, polyurethane floors, or simply concrete painting, should only be carried out by personnel who are aware of all these factors.Warehouse and factory coatingsSpecially designed paints and coverings are available on the market to protect factory floors. These can include anti-graffiti paints, anti-slip floor coatings or even concrete floor finishes.Kleenit floor coating and protective coating experts have a floor paint or epoxy flooring for practically every situation and surface, from anti-graffiti paint for residential walls, to concrete paint on driveways, to protection with anti-slip floor coatings or complete factory floor coatings with epoxy floor coatings or concrete floor finishes, Kleenit can offer the lot.Kleenit has a long and proven track record in the epoxy floor covering and polyurethane floor coating arena. Kleenit is often recommended by product manufacturers as their recognised applicator and have a wealth of experience with anti-graffiti paint too.Expert companies such as Kleenit will be able to recommend the best coating for any factory floor.Polyurea floor resinsThis type of floor coating works on both internal and external floors. It is slip-resistant and has UV capabilities to make it last longer. Polyurea floor coating is common in garages, kitchens, warehouses, decks and even patiosKleenit uses only industry-leading, innovative Polyurea technologies. Polyurea seamless coatings for all internal & external floor surfaces. Internal floor coatings can be high gloss decorative or resilient hard-wearing while external surface coatings can achieve high Anti-Slip resistance and full UV stability.Our high-performance topcoats are food-grade non-porous and exceptionally strong so our coatings do not require regular 'sealing' like most other floor coating systems Polyurea Floor Coatings for Internal Service.When and where to apply polyurea coatings?This type of floor covering works on both internal and external floors. It is slip resistant and has UV capabilities to make it last longer. Polyurea floor coating is common in garages, kitchens, warehouses, decks and even patios.Kleenit uses only industry-leading, innovative Polyurea technologies.Polyurea seamless coatings for all internal & external floor surfaces. Internal floor coatings can be high gloss decorative or resilient hard wearing while external surface paint layers can achieve high Anti-Slip resistance and full UV stability.Epoxy flooring for garages and other interiorsEpoxy products are great for a garage, but we have seen a lot epoxy flooring failing or peeling due to a poor surface preparation, cheap paint, or the area reaction with vehicle tyres.Our high-performance top coats are food grade non-porous and exceptionally strong so our coverings do not require regular “sealing” like most other floor coating systems Polyurea Floor Coatings or epoxies for Internal Services:Garage Floors Kitchen Floors Showrooms Shop Floors Workshops Chemical Rooms Churches Distribution Centres WarehousesPolyurea floor coverings for exteriorsPolyurea Floor Coatings for External Surfaces:Driveways Car Parks Pathways Decks Pool Surfaces Pool Decks Stair Cases PatiosAnti-slip floor coatingsAnti-slip floor coatings have become a necessity in almost all industrial and commercial workplaces. The coating surface is slightly roughened which prevents slipping and increases stability. Anyone who is interested in safety should invest in anti-slip floor coatings.There are so many different types of floor coating for every possible need. It is a no-brainer that everyone, particularly workplaces, should coat their floor with an adequate coating. To decipher the best one for your needs, chat to an expert at Kleenit today.Protective paintsKleenit has a range of gloss or matte protective paints available to protect many different things from the harshness of the Australian climate, or from heavy traffic or machinery.Whatever it is you need protecting, Kleenit has the answer.Water tanks Bitumen & concrete delivery trucks Steelwork Workshop Floors Heritage Buildings Murals Concrete surfaces Statues and monumentsWhich floor coatings give the vest results and value for money?Remember the phrase, ' The quality of the finish is only as good as the preparation?' This is a fact.Don’t risk the possibility of a substandard finish on your factory floor or garage floor because of the need for specialist surface preparation or incorrect product application.Let Kleenit’s team of floor coating experts assist you all the way. Kleenit have the knowledge and expertise to ensure your floor is both prepared AND coated in the correct manner, ensuring the best floor coating results every time.