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The Laws on Health & Safety and Building Regulations with respect to slippery floors which should be complied with to avoid personal injury claims and prosecution


This information is directly taken from the Health & Safety (HSE) Web Site

http://www.hse.gov.uk/slips/law.htm


and Part M of the Building Regulations 2004 http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partm/approved

Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

Employers have to ensure their employees and anyone else who could be affected by their work (such as visitors, members of the public, patients etc.), are kept safe from harm and that their health is not affected. This means slip and trips risks must be controlled to ensure people do not slip, trip and fall.

Employees must use any safety equipment provided and must not cause danger to themselves or others.

Manufacturers and suppliers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. They must also provide information about appropriate use.



The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

builds on the requirements of the Act and include duties on employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and where necessary take action to safeguard health and safety.


The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

requires floors to be suitable for the workplace and work activity, kept in good condition and kept free from obstructions. Also, people must be able to move around safely.


Further Information on the Law (Relating to Slips and Trips at Work)

Read either the leaflet ‘Preventing slips and trips at work PDF’ http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg225.pdf



Case Law

The decision of a Court of Appeal case, Ellis v Bristol City Council, with important implications for employers and the suitability of their flooring' link to external website


British & European Standards for the Slip Resistance of Flooring Materials and Footwear

Below is a brief guide to the most common British and European standards of slip resistance properties of flooring materials and footwear

BS EN 13036-4:2011 Describes the specification, operation and calibration of the Pendulum Test,

used for assessment of floor surface slipperiness under both dry and contaminated conditions. The results are reported as Pendulum Test Value or Slip Resistance Value and are approximately 100 times the coefficient of friction. The Pendulum test is used routinely by the Health & Safety Laboratory on behalf of HSE.


Note - BS 7976-1 / -2 / -3 have and BS EN 13036-4 : 2011 all apply to Floor Testing in the UK


DIN 51130 Laboratory based Ramp Test,

Using cleated safety boots and motor oil contamination. Results are reported as an R value, on a scale from R9 to R13, with R9 being the least slip resistant. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with water contamination.


DIN 51097 Laboratory based Ramp Test,

using barefoot operators with soapy water as the contaminant. Results are reported as Class A, B or C, with A being the least slip resistant. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with clean water contamination.


EN 13845 Laboratory based ramp test

specifically for resilient floor coverings with enhanced slip resistance. The test uses standardised footwear and soapy water contamination. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with clean water contamination.


EN 13287 Laboratory based mechanical slip test for safety / occupational footwear.

Uses several surfaces and contaminants to assess footwear. The test is not thought to differentiate between footwear with differing levels of slip resistance under some test conditions, and so is of limited use in selecting slip resistant shoes for a particular environment.


For further information on slip resistance tests

see HSE information sheet: Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring



Part M of Building Regulations - Revised 1st May 2004 - Summary of laws applicable to the slip resistance of floors for all persons (including the disabled)

Link to Pt M http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partm/approved


The 2004 revision of Part M of the Building Regulations (‘Access To and Use of Buildings’) has, upon revision, removed the narrow viewpoint that disabled people should be considered as a separate subset of the community. Instead it fosters the need that an approach inclusive approach should be adopted that simultaneously considers the needs of ALL people, young, old, able bodied, mentally or physically challenged, disabled or wheelchair users etc


The revised Part M also calls upon the recommendations of BS 8300:2001 - Designs of Buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people - Code of Practice. AMD 15617 2005, AMD 15982 2005. Guidance prepared by the Health & Safety Executive on the Slip Resistance of Floors can be found in Annex C of BS 8300. (Part M Sections 5.18 and 5.21 Notes refers)


Relevant Topics for Slip Resistant Floors in Part M can be found at: -

- Entrances - Section 3.6g / - Corridors - Section 3.14k / - Lifts - Section 3.28E / - Changing Rooms and Showers - Sections 5.18i and 5.18o  / - Sanitary - Section 5.21c



Part M of Building Regulations - Revised 1st May 2004 - Gradients of slopes and ramps

Link to Pt M http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/buildingregulations/approveddocuments/partm/approved

For information on Ramps and Gradients for wheelchair -

Refer to Section 1.26, which indicates the following

EMPLOYERS and MANAGERS…have a Legal Duty of Care to ensure Floor Slip Hazards do not exist.


Failure to do so results in: -

1. Large injury compensation claims - Read a few Articles extracted from the news


2. Lost Profit,  Production & time off Sick - Up to £20,000 per annum per person


3. Criminal Prosecution  

2 years in prison and a £20,000 fine for breaching Health & Safety Laws

Health & safety Act 2008



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