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Wet Floor Signs – Everything You Need to Know

Signs and hazard warnings have become part of everyday, normal life. This is partly due to the increased amounts of cleaning and disinfecting being undertaken in recent times.

Of course cleaner work spaces are always a benefit but they do come with some risks, including slips and trips.

One of the most common floor cleaning methods is mopping. Although this disinfects the ground and removes any dirt and bacteria, it also creates a temporary slip hazard for anyone walking along the wet floor. That's where wet floor signs come in.

Warning Wet floor

Why is it important to use wet floor signs?

Wet floor signs alert and remind people of the presence a slippery substance on the walking surface. This could be due to cleaning as mentioned above or for many other reasons including accidental spills, product leaks and bad weather.

Wet floor signs, just like any other safety sign, are incredibly important to use in all types of workplaces. Due to their frequent use in all environments, many people sub-consciously do not notice or pay attention to the yellow signs.

However, it is vital not to underestimate their importance for the reasons listed below.  

1 Safety

This is the top reason for using wet floor signs. No matter who is walking through your premises, it is your responsibility as a business manager to ensure people's safety. By putting up wet floor signs where the ground is slippery you can make sure that people are correctly informed.

Key Point: The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them.

2 Reduce accidents

Slips and trips are one of the leading causes of accidents within the workplace. More and more employers are finding themselves in the middle of a law suit or a hefty compensation pay out due to injuries such as broken bones caused by slips and trips.

Free-standing caution signs, such as Wet Floor Signs, can help you to greatly reduce the number of slip-related accidents within your business.

Key Point: The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.

Caution Slippery Surface

How can I get the most out of my Wet Floor Signs?

Multiple Signs

By having multiple signs available in and around your workplace, you know that you are fully equipped for any sized area. The larger the surface area of the wet floor, the more signs will need to adequately inform people walking past.

Also, this way you can ensure that you have spare signs in the event that more than one spillage happens at once.

Accessible storage

By purchasing a few wet floor signs and storing them around your premises you, or anyone else who spots a hazard can access them easily.

A top tip when storing caution signs is to keep them in highly accessible spots and where they are most likely to be needed. These spaces could be near toilets, drinks and beverage machines, or by entrance and exit pathways. 

Keeping them effective

Make sure that the signs don't become hazards themselves by avoiding their use in confined spaces such as narrow corridors, on steps, or near closed doors.

Wet floor signs can also lose their effectiveness if they are left in place for too long. Avoid this by removing the caution signs immediately after the area has been cleaned, dried and is safe for pedestrian footfall again.

Caution cleaning in progress

Which wet floor sign is best for my business?

Caution signs are available in wide range of different formats including snow and ice, wet paint and electrical hazards.

At First Mats, our range of signs has been selected to address a wide range of different potential hazards. From janitorial signs, such as Wet Floors and Cleaning in Progress, to occupational risks such as electrical hazards and machine maintenance signs.

Each of the signs is made from the same strong plastic materials, with a foldable design for easy storage and bright yellow frame for great visibility.

You can view our full range of yellow caution signs for more information.


We hope you have found this guide on Wet Floor Signs to be useful. Please do not hesitate to get in contact with our friendly team if you have any questions on caution signs or any other item from our website.