Most slips occur when floors become wet or contaminated and many trips are due to poor housekeeping.
The solutions are often simple and cost-effective and a basic assessment of the risks should help to identify what you can do to tackle slips and trips risks.
Why is dealing with slips and trips important?
Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause over a third of all major injuries and can lead to other types of accidents, such as falls from height or falls into machinery.
What do I have to do?
To help prevent these accidents you need to think about what might cause slips or trips in your workplace and decide whether you are doing enough to prevent them. Once you have identified the risks you must control them.
How can I do it?
- Prevent floors from getting wet or contaminated in the first place
- Have procedures in place for both routine and responsive cleaning
- If a spillage does happen, clean it up quickly
- If floors are left wet after cleaning, stop anyone walking on them until they are dry and use the right cleaning methods and products
- Look out for trip hazards, such as uneven floors or trailing cables, and encourage good housekeeping by your workers
- Make sure workers wear footwear that is suitable for the environment they are working in
- Make sure your flooring is suitable, or floors likely to get wet are of a type that does not become unduly slippery
Slips and Trips eLearning Package (STEP)
HSE has designed STEP to help you assess and manage slip and trip hazards in the workplace. STEP is a great introduction to slips and trips, and covers how they are caused, why preventing them is important and how to tackle them
It includes easy-to-follow guidance, case studies, videos, animations and quizzes. These are designed to give you the information you need to set up and maintain a safer way of working.
Slips assessment tool
The Slips assessment tool (SAT) is a freely downloadable computer software package that allows an operator to assess the slip potential of pedestrian walkway surfaces. For more information click here