Managing Trip Hazards in the Workplace

Slips, trips and falls are the most common cause of injury at work and can lead to bigger hazards such as falls from height. There are various ways to manage trips in the workplace through performing relevant tasks and putting safety measures in place.

There are a variety of health and safety laws which cover the issue of slips and trips in the workplace which state that it is the responsibility of employers to ensure the health and safety of employees and anyone affected by their work. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks; employees also have a duty not to put themselves or others in danger. Employers must assess risks, such as slips and trips, and take action to address them. Floors must also be in a suitable and good condition, free from obstructions.

Risk Assessments

Risk assessments are required by law to ensure health and safety at work. The purpose of a risk assessment is to take sensible measures to control risks. It is likely you already take steps to ensure the health and safety of your employees however doing regular risk assessments helps identify new risks and how you could be doing more. Once you have identified risks in your workplace you can put control measures in place to make it safer for your employees.

When doing a risk assessment there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re focusing on the most important risk factors. It is important to ask employees what they think the relevant risk factors are as they may suggest things you may not have thought of. Your risk assessment may bring up control measures as simple as clearing up a spillage quickly to prevent slips. Make sure to keep a record of your risk assessments so you can refer back to them.

Preventative Measures for Employees

As well as there being steps employers can take to reduce risks, there are things you can do as an employee also. First of all, if you ever have an accident or near accident in the workplace you should report it to your employer, so they are made aware of the issue. When you see a spillage, clear it up or make arrangements for someone to do so and make sure to report damaged flooring or floor mats immediately. Keep the workplace tidy and make sure to move items which are forming a trip hazard. If you notice any health and safety concerns or dangerous situations report them to your employer immediately.

Preventing Slips and Trips: The Basics

Clear floors

Make sure to keep floors tidy and free of trip hazards and obstructions such as cables.

Cleaning methods

Make sure you use the right products to make surfaces less slippery and prevent slip hazards.

Check for Damages

Check flooring for damages and wear and tear and replace as necessary.

Footwear

If necessary, supply employees with specific footwear that has anti-slip or better grip than standard footwear.

Lighting

Make sure lighting is sufficient so hazards and obstructions such as steps or stairs are visible to employees.


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