Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury in the kitchens. On average they cause 40 percent of all reported major injuries and can also lead to other types of serious accidents.
What can we do to prevent slips and trips?
Follow these basic steps:
Practical steps to prevent slips and trips accidents
There are many simple ways to control slips and trips risks and prevent accidents:
Consider the flooring and work environment
Think about people and organisational factors
What does the law say?
The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSW Act) requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone who may be affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.
Employees have a duty not to put themselves or others in danger, and must use any safety equipment provided.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 require employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and, where necessary, take action to address them.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 require floors to be suitable, in good condition and free from obstructions. People should be able to move around safely.