Effective cleaning is an important way of employers managing slips and trips risks
Cleaning is important in managing slips and trips for two reasons:

  • cleaning is supposed to deal with contamination that would otherwise lead to slip accidents but
  • the cleaning process often introduces slip or trip hazards, ie wet floors, trailing cables, etc

Make sure that staff who carry out cleaning duties have the right information, instruction and training to enable them to carry out their work safely and effectively.

For further information see the information sheet Slips and trips: The importance of floor cleaning. Key points are given below.

Restrict access to wet/drying floors


  • cleaning during quiet hours when pedestrians are not around
  • leave smooth floors dry after cleaning or exclude pedestrians until the floor is dry
  • cleaning in sections, so there is a dry path through the area
  • using warning signs, but remember to remove them when the area is clean and dry

Choose the right cleaning method


  • using the right amount of the right cleaning product
  • giving detergent enough time to work on greasy floors
  • cleaning equipment will only be effective if it is well maintained
  • a dry mop or squeegee will reduce floor drying time, but while the floor is damp it will still be slippery
  • remove spillages promptly
  • make sure that your cleaning method is effective for the type of floor that you have

Case studies

To learn more about effective cleaning please please click on our Slips and Trips eLearning Package

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