Reducing slips and trips in the Health Service
Why the campaign?
The human cost of slip and trip accidents is usually easy to see. But not
always so apparent is the price the NHS pays, both as an organisation and
as an employer. Treatment costs currently stand at £133m per year
and with 90 per cent of major accidents resulting in a broken bone, the
NHS also has the expense of long-term staff absences.
What is the Campaign about?
In an attempt to combat the ever increasing numbers of slip and trip related
accidents in the health sector, HSE is running a two year campaign. Its
aim is to galvanise you into taking action to tackle slip and trip issues
in your workplace.
During the campaign Inspectors and other HSE staff will be visiting health
care establishments to assess standards, offer advice and enforce applicable
In support of the campaign, publicity and poster packs have been produced,
specifically aimed at health services employees. (See below for details
on how to obtain packs).
We are also holding seminars around the country (see below) and have already
helped stage successful events in Scotland and the Midlands.
The NHS guidance, HTM61 on Flooring, is being updated to take on board
the latest information on preventing slips when fitting new floors. In Scotland,
a new Safety Action Notice has been produced about smooth flooring and reducing
the risk of pedestrian slip accidents. There are also a number of research
projects underway such as 'Effective cleaning for reducing slips' and 'Cleaning
contracts in the NHS'.
How to obtain Posters and Publicity Packs?
Publicity packs are now available either in electronic format or as a hard
The hard copy includes guidance, a newsletter and two posters and can be
ordered from HSE books (quoting Misc
671D).There is only a limited stock available and you will be prevented
from ordering in large quantities.
Alternatively, all the pack contents, except the posters, can be downloaded
free of charge: