Bakers Journal

Cintas’s new foodservice Safe Floor Program

October 12, 2011
By Bakers Journal

October 12, 2011 – Cintas Corporation has launched a new comprehensive
Safe Floor Program designed specifically for the foodservice industry.

According to the U.S.-based National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI),
floor safety is a significant concern with more than 3 million
foodservice employees and over 1 million guests injured annually as a
result of restaurant slips, falls, strains and sprains. Cintas' Safe
Floor Program helps foodservice operators maximize the life of their
flooring, improve safety and image, and aid in the reduction of risk.

"Safety is ingrained as a core value in our corporate culture and we are
dedicated to the safety excellence of our partners and our customers,"
added Dan Braun, senior president of operations, with Cintas
Corporation. "Using our health and safety expertise, we have developed a
program that lets us deliver a safer foodservice workplace for

Cintas' Safe Floor Program for restaurants consists of four steps:

  • Protect Cintas' mat system protects flooring in four
    major areas, including entrance, high risk, high traffic and
    productivity zones. The mats are certified "High Traction" by the
    National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI) to help reduce slips, trips and
    falls. Cintas provides a variety of mats including standard carpet, logo
    and message mats to help further extend a facility's brand inside and
    outside the building. Cintas assesses the customer's needs then creates a
    placement plan that includes scheduled delivery, pick up and cleaning.
    Cintas uses healthcare-quality wash formulas to disinfect the returned
  • Maintain Cintas helps foodservice operators maintain
    floors on a daily basis by providing the right tools and the right
    cleaning chemical for different floor surfaces. By designating cleaning
    tools for specific areas, customers can reduce cross contamination of
    soils like grease and dirt between zones. For example, tools used to
    clean restrooms would not be used to clean surfaces in the kitchen. The
    Signet cleaning chemical service developed in partnership with Diversey,
    comes complete with dilution control systems to ensure that the correct
    ratio of chemical to water is dispersed into the cleaning solution.
    Cintas installs the dilution control system and manages the chemical
    inventory. With proper training any employee can use the Signet system 
    to help maintain safe floors.
  • Deep clean Cintas provides periodic restorative
    cleaning services. The tile and carpet service uses a truck mounted,
    patent-pending high-pressure steam system to remove dirt and deep clean a
    variety of carpeted and hard-surface floor coverings. The deep cleaning
    process sanitizes to remove dirt, breaks down build-up and extracts all
    contaminants from the floor. The Sanis Ultraclean service uses custom
    portable equipment to provide floor cleaning for restroom and kitchen
    hard surface floors.
  • Train An educated employee is a core element of a
    safe floor program. The Cintas First Aid and Safety division provides
    training programs on topics like established safety protocols, cleaning
    operations and inspection procedures. For a successful safe floor
    program, workers must understand the proper application methods for the
    chemical products and receive proper training and testing on their
    general responsibilities. For example, employees should know what daily
    activities they must complete to minimize the risk of an employee or
    customer injury via slip and fall.

"Slips and falls are the largest source of general liability insurance
claims within the restaurant industry," said Brian Garry, Cintas' senior
director of foodservice. "Our Safe Floor Program gives foodservice
management both the daily items for use by their staff and the
professional services requiring trained experts."

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