Slips and Trips
Online slips and trips course designed to provide staff with an understanding of the behaviours needed to reduce the chance of slip, trip and fall injuries in the workplace.
DURATION | 20 minutes
ONLINE SLIPS AND TRIPS TRAINING COURSE | Most slip or trip accidents are easily preventable yet they still account for around 40% of all reported workplace injuries. Many slips or trips cause major injuries, like broken bones. Financially, the cost is around £500 million per year, due to absenteeism and compensation claims.
Training can be a useful intervention for businesses when seeking to reduce the risk of slip, trips and falls injuries. This is because many of these accidents result from human error. For example, leaving trailing cables across walkways.
Presenting best-practice using clear motion-graphic videos. This aim of this short online training course is to reduce the chance of slips and trip accidents in your workplace, by improving staff behaviours. Employees have an obligation to follow the training they are provided.
- 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
1 | INTRODUCTION
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.
2 | COMMON CAUSES OF SLIPS & TRIPS
Workers are exposed to various types of slip, trip and fall risks. We highlight areas that are particularly risky.
3 | RISK ASSESSMENT
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.
4 | STFs PREVENTION
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
At the end of the online Slips and Trips training 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.
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
- 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. 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
- Staff training
- 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.
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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