Slips and trips in education

These web pages contain information on managing slips and trips in educational establishments – and provide links to relevant guidance.

Why do slips and trips matter

Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work – and the most reported injury to members of the public.  They can lead to both minor and major injuries – and sometimes fatal accidents from head injuries following a fall from height, where the underlying cause was a slip or trip.


Slips and trips occur across all education premises – whether a small local primary school, a busy secondary school, a multi-site further education college, or the campus of a higher education institution. They provide a wide variety of facilities including educational, leisure and residential, open to employees, pupils/ students and members of public at varying times of the day. Sites can be busy with large numbers of people moving around at the same time – often rushing.

Slip and trip accidents in education premises happen for a number of reasons.  They typically involve:

What does the law require me to do?

Health and safety law requires you to manage the risks in your workplace.  In schools, colleges and universities this will include managing risks to staff, pupils, students and visitors to the site. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks so everyone is able to move around safely.

Further guidance on how the law applies to slips and trips is available on the Slips website.


Slip and trip incidents are preventable - they are not inevitable. Most solutions are simple and low cost.

Find out more

Detailed guidance and information is available on the slip and trips website:



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Updated 2022-09-02