Preventing slips and trips in kitchens and food service

Slips and trips are the most common cause of major accidents at work. The costs
to industry are substantial at £512 million per year, not counting the
incalculable human cost and suffering to those injured. Legal actions brought
as a result of an injury can be extremely damaging to businesses, especially
where customers are involved. Insurance covers only a small proportion of the

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published an information
sheet aimed at employers, although it will also be useful to employees and
safety representatives. If ome follows this guidance one will normally be doing
enough to comply with the law.

Three key points to remember and act on are:

  • Most slip injuries happen on wet floors.
  • Most trips are due to poor housekeeping.
  • Plan ahead to deal with any such problems during busy periods when the pace
    of work increases.

What can be done to prevent slips? Advice includes:

  • Stop the floor getting wet or being contaminated in the first place
  • Stop the contamination from getting onto walkways
  • Deal with any wet or contaminated floors that do occur
  • The floor needs to have enough grip
  • Lay a new floor with better surface roughness (ie better grip)
  • Check that steps, slopes and changes in level are safe
  • Visibility and distractions can have a big effect on slip and trip risks
  • Selecting footwear
  • Good housekeeping

Further information

AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive