Tackling slips and trips in a further education
A member of a college's Health and Safety Team attended a
Health and Safety Executive seminar on preventing slip, trip and
fall injuries. They also consulted HSE's free Education
Information Sheet No 2 - 'Preventing slip & trip incidents
in the education sector' .They decided to assess the risks on
their own college site.
Initial assessment found that some areas were not a problem in
clean and dry conditions but became 'high risk' when dirty
or wet. Water walked into the vinyl-floored corridors from
outdoors, spillages on common room vinyl floors and dust created
& deposited on the painted floors of the college workshops
presented just such wet or contaminated conditions and so had a
high slip risk.
The college Senior Management Team was involved at the earliest
opportunity and were able to give backing to the Health &
Safety Team's recommendations for action.
Initial action included
- Providing good quality entrance matting to remove water from
the footwear of people entering the building. Care was needed to
be sure that the matting extended across the routes that
pedestrians actually took when entering the buildings. This is
not always in a straight line forwards from the doorway.
- Main corridors are now carpeted.
- Anti-slip flooring with good surface roughness has been
installed in the workshop areas most vulnerable to unavoidable
Improved entrance matting
Anti-slip ‘abrasive’ floor in clay work area
Other action taken or under way
- New main entrance doors designed to reduce the amount of
rainwater getting in onto the floors.
- Take-away drinks from the staff and student refectories are
now issued in lidded containers to reduce the risk of spillages
in walkways, stairwells etc.
- Anti-slip and hi-vis treads have been fitted to stairs.
- More workshop areas (e.g. hair & beauty studio) are being
surveyed to assess the potential for liquid and non-liquid floor
contaminants to cause slip risks.
Lidded drinks containers to prevent spillage on walkways
The college has experienced a year by year decrease in the
number of slip-trip-fall incidents since the instigation of the
Grateful acknowledgements to Aberdeen College.