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Floor Slip Prevention


FloorSlip know the Prevention of Floor Slips is not always easy. The Pie Chart and the table Table below shows the majority of factors involved. The six items highlighted in Red are, in our opinion, the reasons why slip injury accidents occur. The three highlighted in Amber show that a better understanding or attitude to Pendulum Testing, Risk Assessments and Floor Health and Safety could have prevented many slip injuries occurring

Item

Manageable

Examples of items that contribute to Floor Slips

Floor Use

Yes

The main issue is the floor is used for a different purpose than the one it was originally intended for. Running, Pushing and Turning quickly on the floors will also contribute to floor slips and falls

Floor Contamination

Sometimes

Spillages of environmental contamination such as Oil, Cooking Fat, Grease, Sawdust, Blood, Talc, Shampoo, Soap and Water, the last being the greatest cause of floor slip accidents

Flooring Material Type

Yes

Hard smooth floor surfaces contributing to floor slip especially when wet. HSE report 90% of slips occur on wet smooth slippery floors - Example are Marble, Stone, Vinyl, Steel etc

Environmental Conditions

Sometimes

Rain is probably the major culprit of floor slips aggravated by snow and ice coating a floor surface in the winter and even wind can unsettle a person on an already slippery floor, particularly if aged

Floor Cleaning

Yes

Poor floor cleaning or using incorrect methods or the wrong floor products causes floor slip. It is recommended wet cleaning of floors is assigned to quieter times - i.e. hours of nil or low footfall.

Door Entry  Matting

Yes

Incorrect size and type of mats used to prevent rain water tracking to inside flooring. Limited or no drainage of the drained off water / snow melt from non slip mats. Mats  causing floor trip hazards.

Fear

Yes

Employees worry reporting H & S issues will effect their positions and managers will not support them. Owners not supplying or financing safety footwear and employees won’t ask for them or wearing until worn out.

Inadequate Management

Yes

Inadequate and irregular checks; poor or no risk management, owners not refurbishing or replacing worn floors. Owners ignoring Health & Safety Requirements (even after advisement)

Failure To Test Floors

Yes

No Floor Testing carried out. Floor Tests done once and then forgotten about, annual Tests recommended. Owners & managers unaware floor tests are available or required by HSE Laws.

Floor Design Specification

Yes

Owner, Builders and designers specifying floors that look good without considering its floor slip resistance or the use the floor will be put to. Not complying with Part M Building Regulations or BS 8300

Changes of Floor Friction

Yes

Switching from one floor friction amount to a different floor friction amount (Example stepping from Marble Floor at DIN R9  to non slip Vinyl Floor at DIN R11)  i.e. slipperyy to good or good to slippery

Floor Coatings worn / Floor Worn

Yes

Anti slip floors and non slip floor coatings wear out (generally quicker than hard floors). Recommend regular floor testing carried out to indicate when floor replacement of refurbishment required

Housekeeping

Yes

Failure to clear away floor spills of any description (oil, food stuffs, waste products etc). Blocking gangways and corridors with packaging, cables across walkways, obstacles and rubbish not moved

Floor Signs

Yes

Not using floor signs indicating possible wet floors, poorly placed signs, incorrect warnings, floor signs themselves causing trips, slips and falls

Slopes

Yes

Incorrect floor slip resistance or angle of slope too steep to walk safely down. Particularly pertinent to wheelchair users, aged, young and physically or mentally challenged or effected by toxic substances (Drugs / alcohol)

Disabilities

Partially

Walking with crutches, Zimmer frame, a stick or using a wheelchair all require high levels of slip resistant floor materials and persons using can not respond as quickly to a possible floor slip

Lighting

Yes

Poor or broken lighting incorrect lighting or even too bright lighting will cause floor slips. Flooring edges not marked and merging together such as the edges of steps also are known to cause slip accidents

Footwear

Employees - Yes, else sometimes

Non slip footwear can only be controlled in the workplace and it is the responsibility of owners to provide it (at no cost). HSE advised some shoes claiming to be floor slip resistant are not effective enough

Behaviour

Rarely

The speed of walking, a persons gait, the length of stride can all contribute to floor slips. Also running in areas where it is not expected - example in a shopping centre floored with Terrazzo Marble floors

People

No

Elderly persons, the young are inexperienced, persons tired, stressed, ill or under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (Prescription or otherwise) are all at greater risk of falling on a slippery floor

Table of 20 items known to Causes Floor Slips, Falls and Trips

20 items that contribute towards Floor Slips, Trips and Falls

Recurring Floor Safety Issues


Those items highlighted in red are, in our experience, the main items which cause the majority of floor slip accidents.


They should not be considered in isolation, the type of floor laid will depend upon the use a floor is intended for and the type of environmental conditions and contamination it will be subject to. The floor matting will then boost slip prevention by providing an effective barrier between the outside elements and the indoor flooring environment.


Finally, the consistency and efficiency by which a floor is cleaned and the floor products used will decide if the floor maintains its slip resistant qualities or loses grip potential through poor floor cleaning techniques



 Floor Management Problems


The items highlighted in amber are, again in our experience, those items which if effectively managed will largely eliminate floor slip injury incidents.


Owners and Managers sometimes fail to execute their legal duty of care and implement an effective Floor Risk Management Plan, as a result Slip Testing is performed on an ad-hoc basis or only after a slip has occurred.


Employees are not always encouraged or applauded for reporting floor slip incidents or a slip potential, in fact quite the opposite, they are made to feel their or position job is at risk if they do report a slip problem.

20 items relevant to floor slips

Poor Floor Risk Management

Fear / ignorance of Reporting Health and Safety problems

Failing To Test Floors

Floor Cleaning

Worn Floor / Floor Coatings

Floor Material Type

Floor Contamination

Environmental Conditions

Door Entry Floor Matting

20 items associated with Floor Slips

Change of Floor Friction

People

Floor Use

Lighting

Floor Signs

Disabilities or Poor Health

Slopes

Floor Design Specification

Footwear

Behaviour

Poor Housekeeping

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Note - You can rarely control footwear - You must make sure a floor is safe for all shoes types or bare feet