Toolbox Talk – Slips and Trips

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Slips, trips and falls cause may injuries each year – some are life-changing.

This talk covers the causes and slips and trips, and how they can be prevented.


Most slips and trips are preventable through good housekeeping and vigilance.

Regulations and requirements

Preventing slips and trips is fundamental to a safe workplace, which is a requirement of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Other regulations such as The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 also set out requirements for preventing slips and trips, maintenance of walkways and traffic routes etc.

It is also important that poor housekeeping does not prevent effective escape from a building in case of an emergency (such as fire)


Below is a list of the main causes of slips and trips:
Poor housekeeping.
Leaving items on the ground, such as cables, tools, packaging materials, packaging straps.
Spills that have not been properly dealt with and cleaned up.
Trailing cables across pedestrian routes.
Water or mud on smooth floors, brought in on footwear during wet weather.
Inadequate lighting can hide trip hazards.
Potholes, changes in level and uneven steps.

To prevent slip and trips, you must:
Clear up waste materials as you create them and dispose in the bins provided.
Work in a tidy manner – don’t leave thing lying on the floor.
Make sure you have a plan and equipment for dealing with spills.
Route cables and leads along a safe route where no-one will trip.
Clean / wipe footwear when entering buildings / clean areas.
Monitor lighting levels and tell your supervisor if there are any areas where lack of lighting could cause a problem.
If you find your footwear doesn’t have sufficient grip, tell your supervisor.
Tell your supervisor if you notice any potholes etc. in pedestrian walkways

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