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10 Common Slip and Trip Hazards in the Workplace and How to Manage Them

March 11 2024 - Slip and trip incidents are common in workplaces, yet can be managed effectively with the right approach. Here, we look at the top 10 typical hazards and strategies to manage them.

Wet or Oily Surfaces

Spills create slippery conditions, necessitating immediate clean-up with absorbent materials and 'wet floor' signage until dryness is achieved. In areas prone to spills, non-slip flooring avoids risks, complemented by established protocols for efficient spill management.

Uneven Flooring

Trips often result from uneven or damaged floors, making regular inspections and swift repairs essential. When immediate fixes aren't possible, clearly marked areas alert individuals to potential hazards, while high-visibility tape can highlight temporary obstructions like cables or steps.

Cluttered Work Areas

Pathway obstructions from clutter can lead to trips, hence the importance of maintaining clear walkways. Designated storage areas for equipment and supplies, coupled with a culture of tidiness, prevent clutter. Regular audits help maintain order and address clutter-prone spots.

Poor Lighting

Inadequate lighting conceals hazards, underscoring the need for well-lit areas and prompt replacement of faulty lighting. Emergency lighting offers reliability during power outages, and motion-activated lights provide illumination when needed, conserving energy in the process.

Loose Cables or Wires

Cables and wires pose tripping hazards if not properly secured. Organised cable management keeps walkways clear, and regular inspections ensure ongoing safety. Cable covers and wall routing further mitigate risks.

Unsuitable Footwear

Footwear without proper grip increases slip risks, especially on slick surfaces. Promoting the use of appropriate footwear and offering subsidies or supplies ensure compliance and safety.

Trailing Cords from Equipment

Cords from equipment can intrude into walkways, posing trip hazards. Thoughtful equipment layout, coupled with cord covers or management systems, keeps paths clear. Regular reviews of equipment and cord arrangements maintain safety standards.

Changes in Floor Level

Unexpected floor level changes are trip hazards. Signage and adequate lighting highlight these changes, while bright colours on flooring edges enhance visibility. Handrails or barriers provide additional safety measures.

Wet Weather Conditions

Wet weather can make entrances slippery. Use absorbent matting at entrances, regularly check and replace matting, and provide facilities to manage wet umbrellas or coats.

Lack of Awareness or Training

Accidents often stem from a lack of hazard awareness. Regular safety training, clear signage, and a culture of safety awareness where staff actively report risks contribute to a safer workplace.

Managing slip and trip hazards effectively involves a combination of practical solutions, regular risk assessments, and fostering a safety-conscious environment. Investing in quality floor safety equipment and training can significantly reduce these common workplace incidents.



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