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.
Slips and trips also account for half of all reported injuries to members of the public in workplaces where there is public access, such as hospitals, shops and restaurants.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 Source: www.hse.gov.uk