The two primary risks found in locker rooms are the risk of slipping and falling in wet areas and the risk of electric shock or electrocution while stepping in water while using an electrical appliance such as a hair dryer. Most new hair dryers have a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) built-in to their electrical cord, however, these small GFCIs have been known to fail. Going the extra step to protect your clients for a nominal fee is critical in protecting clients and the club.
GROUND-FAULT CIRCUIT INTERRUPTERS
Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) are circuit breakers located within an electrical socket. GFCIs are designed to help prevent electric shock if a person using an appliance comes into contact with water. GFCIs are installed in most facilities that are less than five years old. If the locker room is not equipped with these safety devices, it is highly recommended that they be installed in all areas where there is a potential water/electricity mix. Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters are inexpensive and easy to install. You can get a GFCI at your local Home Depot or Lowe's or call your local electrician.
One of the most common risks found in a health club is the lack of non-slip flooring around the showers. Health club owners should perform an assessment of the current floor in the shower area to determine its effectiveness. The non-slip texture in specialized flooring will deteriorate over time and should be checked periodically.
If permanent non-slip tile is not present in the shower area then anti-slip products should be placed in all traffic areas where water comes in contact with the floor. Vinyl matting (waffle tile) is highly recommended for these areas because it keeps a person out of direct contact with the tile floor and allows the floor to dry faster when covered with water. Vinyl matting also cuts down on the buildup of bacteria.
Additional non-slip options include home bath mats or non-skid tape. Bath mats are not the best option due to the greater chance of bacteria build-up and bath mats wear out quickly in high-use situations. Non-skid tape works well but tends to be rough on people's feet and needs regular replacement