Slips and Trips


Slips, trips and falls are main cause of injury at work.  Help reduce the chance of injury occurring in your workplace by giving staff the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe.

DURATION 20 minutes

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Slips and Trips are the biggest cause of accidents in the workplace.  Causing around 10,000 injuries in UK workplaces each year.  Thats around 40% of all reported injuries at work.  Many of these major injuries, for example broken bones.

Furthermore, it is estimated that Slips, trips & falls cost UK business £512 million per year, due to staff absenteeism through injury and also compensation claims.

This course aims to reduce the chance of slips and trip accidents in your workplace, by providing the knowledge staff need to keep themselves and others safe.

The accredited certificate also helps to evidence that employers have taken appropriate steps to reduce risks, as required by the Management of Health and Safety regulations.

  • preventing slips at work
  • slips and trips






Learning Outcomes

  • Understand legislation relating to Slips and Trips
  • Know the most common injuries
  • Understand the role of risk assessments
  • What causes slips and trips
  • How to prevent slips and trip

Course Content


Both employers and employees are required to uphold certain duties in the workplace with regard to keeping themselves.  In this first section, we highlight responsibilities in the context of legislation.


Workers are exposed to various types of slip, trip and fall risks. We highlight areas that are particularly risky.


For slip and trip risks to be adequately controlled you need to undertake a risk assessment. So we recommended steps for completing Slips & Trips risk assessment:


Good housekeeping, such as tidying as you go and properly disposing of waste is essential.  Bad housekeeping causes accidents and increases risks to everyone.  So in this final section we highlight best practice.

5 | QUIZ


Slips Trips Falls Certificate


At the end of the Slips and Trips course there is a 15 question, multiple-choice quiz.  If learners demonstrate their understanding of course content by achieving a minimum score of 80%, we’ll email them their completion certificate.  If learners score less than 80%, they can revisit any part of the course and retake the quiz until they are successful. A posted certificate is available for £6.

Legal Duty

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 requires employers to ensure the health and safety of all employees and anyone affected by their work, so far as is reasonably practicable, which means balancing the level of risk against the measures needed to control the risk in terms of money, time or trouble. This includes taking steps to control slip and trip risks.

The management of Health & Safety at work regulations build on the HSWA to include a duty on employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and take action where necessary.

Slips and Trips Tips

Most Slips occur when the floor in contaminated.  Trips occur when you catch your foot on an unexpected obstacal.

Most incidents result from;

  • Uneven surfaces
  • Low friction between footwear and floor
  • Stairs
  • Trailing cables
  • Unsuitable flooring
  • Poor housekeeping, for example not cleaning as you go

What you can do;

Firstly undertake a Risk Assessment, this is a legal requirement (DOWNLOAD OFFICE RISH ASSESSMENT).  This will highlight issues to prioritise, for example;

  • Ask staff to clean as they go, tidy cables and keep walkways clear
  • Ask staff to take care and stairs and hold the handrail
  • Salt icy walkways and carparks in the winter
  • Use matting where appropriate
  • Ask staff where they consider risks to be
  • Ask staff to clean spillages immediately.  And recognise ‘Caution Slippery’ signage is a short-term resort
  • Select the right footwear for high friction.
  • Engineer improvements.  Eg, better lighting, improved flooring, level uneven surfaces.

Reducing Risks

Many steps that reduce risks are simple, some involve improving staff behaviours which is where our training can help.

Where training is required, as part of your management system how can you be sure all messages are communicated to staff and that they comply?

This online course is a simple way to ensure everyone gets all the safety messages that reduce risks.  It is also designed to educate staff on why adopting these prevention measures is important and that employees have a duty to comply with training.


  • 69,206 non-fatal injuries were reported via RIDDOR in UK workplaces 18/19
  • 20,022 of these non-fatal injuries resulted from Slips, Trips or Falls on same level.
  • Around 1,000 major injuries happened on workplace stairs – Equal stair dimensions, square stair nosing, slip resistance surface, well placed handrails and training all help reduce the chance of falls on stairs
  • Manufacturing sector with where most incidence occur
  • Cost to the NHS of workplace slips and trips is estimate at £133 million per year
  • The cost to employers is over £500 million a year
  • The biggest barrier to reducing accidents is not taking the risks seriously

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