Under the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, the Health & Safety Executive requires floors in a workplace to be safe from slips and trips.
Floors must be suitable for the type of activity taking place on them, as well as in good condition and free from obstruction, enabling people to move around safely. A floor must be safe to walk on without the danger of anyone slipping on it, even if there has been a spill.
According to the HSE, “Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they cause over a third of all major injuries and over 40% of all reported injuries to members of the public. HSE statistics suggest that most of these accidents are slips, most of which happen when floor surfaces are contaminated (water, talc, grease, etc).”
Slips can be costly
The industry body, the UK Slip Resistance Group, estimates that slips and trips in the workplace cost UK businesses around £500m a year. What’s more, fines for negligence can be up to £10m, making flooring safety of paramount concern.
Anti-slip surfaces will help, but there is no substitute for keeping the floor clear at all times and taking special care to clean up spillages as soon as they occur. The smoother the floor, the more likely it is that even a small spillage could cause a slip, which is why, in a workplace setting, it is so important to try and reduce the danger with anti-slip coatings and resins.
If you are keen to assess the slip resistance of your current flooring, there are test instruments available such as the pendulum test, which has been shown to accurately assess the slipperiness of floors.
Making stairs safe
It is especially important to take care of stairs to ensure they are as slip-resistant as possible. Every year in the UK, there are around 300,000 hospital admissions caused by trips on stairs. Non-slip boards are easy to install on stairs and will help protect staff and members of the public.
Please feel free to contact us for more information about anti-slip flooring, boards and coatings.