Our Slips, Trips and Falls FAQs covers best practice for managing slips, trips and falls hazards in the workplace.
It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure they are undertaken. Employers can designate a competent or responsible person to conduct the risk assessments.
The Workplace health, safety and welfare Regulations 1992 and Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to manage risks so far as is reasonably practicable, which includes managing the risks from slips, trips and falls.
Example of trip hazards in the workplace include:
During freezing temperatures or after a snowfall you should clear and grit areas where there is likely to be worker access and visitor pedestrians to your premises or workplace. You should also encourage diversions where possible and alert employees and visitors to potentially hazardous areas.
Suitable footwear is all dependent on your job and the tasks you undertake. If your job has specific PPE or footwear requirements, these should be followed. If not, you should ensure:
Undertaking workplace risk assessment(s) will help identify the potential slip, trip and fall hazards, and then decide on suitable and sufficient control measures which need to be put in place.