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Tackling slips and trips in a further education establishment

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

Other action taken or under way

The college has experienced a year by year decrease in the number of slip-trip-fall incidents since the instigation of the action programme.

Grateful acknowledgements to Aberdeen College.