Choosing footwear

Mens sensible shoes

Footwear can play an important part in preventing slips, especially in work situations where floors can't be kept dry or clean, eg a kitchen or swimming pool area.

Sensible footwear
Some footwear can increase the chance of a slip or trip happening. Wearing shoes that fit well, have sensible heels and stay on the feet can reduce these types of accidents. Avoid certain footwear, such as open-toed shoes, sandals, flip-flops, high heels and smooth soles etc. A sensible footwear policy can help workers avoid selecting inappropriate footwear.

If you have identified slips as a problem in your risk assessment, a sensible footwear policy alone will not be enough to stop slips happening.

Fact: Sensible footwear is not necessarily slip resistant footwear.
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