Who should be slip testing?
Are you a maintenance service provider or responsible for more than one site?
Anyone with a duty of care towards the safety of others and a responsibility for a floor along which members of the public or employees walk, should carry out floor slip testing.
High Footfall in Public Environment
Anyone with a duty of care to the public will be familiar with the potential dangers of high footfall. In addition to the natural hazards associated with large areas of smooth floor surfaces, steps, slopes, entrances and exits, factors such as water ingress, food spills and liquids all increase the potential for Slips and Trips. Examples of typical high footfall areas where these problems may be particularly prevalent are:
- Shopping Centres
- Retail Parks
- Pedestrianised Areas
- Car Showrooms
- Train Station/Tube Stations and Platforms
- Coach Stations
- Leisure Complexes
- Service Stations
75% of all claims to Shopping Centres now coming under this category and being an “uninsurable risk”
Fraudulent slip, trip and fall claims up 36% on 2014 and would have cost a total of £351 million had they been successful.
It is not just the obvious high footfall public environments that are at risk from Slips and Trips. The HSE reports that Slips, Trips and Falls are the number 1 cause of non-fatal injuries in the workplace. Examples of workplaces that benefit from slip testing are:
- Managed Services
- Catering Facilities
- Food Preparation
- Maintenance service providers
*46 directors and senior managers prosecuted for breaching H&S at work act. 12 of which resulted in a prison sentence
Slips trips and falls are the most common accident type and accounts for 33% of all non fatal injuries
£52 billion lost to non fatal injury Equivalent to £8.5k per incident
All organisations have a duty of care to their employees or customers to provide a safe environment in which to work or take leisure. Our HSE approved test methods bring you measurable proof of compliance, together with peace of mind against expensive litigation. In addition, regular testing and monitoring of floor safety can save further substantial costs as a result of absenteeism due to Workplace accidents.