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Failure to do so results in: -
1. Large injury compensation claims -
2. Lost Profit, Production & time off Sick -
3. 12 Months in prison and a £20,000 fine for breaching Health & Safety Laws
Employers have to ensure their employees and anyone else who could be affected by their work (such as visitors, members of the public, patients etc.) are kept safe from harm and that their health is not affected. This means slip and trips risks must be controlled to ensure people do not slip, trip and fall. Employees must use any safety equipment provided and must not cause danger to themselves or others. Manufacturers and suppliers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe. They must also provide information about appropriate use.
The Health and Safety at Work Act builds on the requirements of the Act and include duties on employers to assess risks (including slip and trip risks) and where necessary take action to safeguard health and safety and to protect themselves from slip injury claims.
requires floors to be suitable for the workplace and work activity, kept in good condition and kept free from obstructions and people must be able to move around safely.
May we suggest reading the HSE leaflet ‘Preventing slips and trips at work PDF’ http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg225.pdf
Read a case presented in the decision of a Court of Appeal case, Ellis v Bristol City Council, in respect to important implications for employers and the suitability of their flooring and choosing to ignore slips and trips.
To meet UK laws on Floor Safety the HSE only recommend the ‘British Pendulum Test’ is used to accurately determine the slip resistance or ‘Pendulum Test Value’ (PTV) of floors. British Standard BS7976 : 2002 (inc 2013 amendments) describes the specification, operation and calibration of the Pendulum Test, (at parts 1,2 and 3). The test is performed under dry, wet and contaminated conditions.
Lesser so, BS(EN) 13036-
Using cleated safety boots and motor oil contamination. Results are reported as an R value, on a scale from R9 to R13, with R9 being the least slip resistant. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with water contamination.
using barefoot operators with soapy water as the contaminant. Results are reported as Class A, B or C, with A being the least slip resistant. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with clean water contamination.
specifically for resilient floor coverings with enhanced slip resistance. The test uses standardised footwear and soapy water contamination. Floors which perform well in the test do not necessarily perform well with clean water contamination.
Uses several surfaces and contaminants to assess footwear. The test is not thought to differentiate between footwear with differing levels of slip resistance under some test conditions, and so is of limited use in selecting slip resistant shoes for a particular environment.
see HSE information sheet: Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring
Part M of the Building Regulations, which covers ‘Access To and Use of Buildings’ in 2 parts for Domestic buildings and buildings other than domestic has, upon revision, removed the narrow viewpoint that disabled people should be considered as a separate subset of the community. Instead it fosters the need that an approach inclusive approach should be adopted that simultaneously considers the needs of ALL people, young, old, able bodied, mentally or physically challenged, disabled or wheelchair users etc
The revised Part M also calls upon the recommendations of BS 8300:2001 -
The following are extracts from the manual. Please be aware that any floor slope requires additional slip resistance of approximately 2 PTV (Pendulum Test Value) for every 1 degree of slope. The HSE expects a minimum of 36PTV when WET on a horizontal surface so on a 5 degree slope, a PTV of 36PTV + 5 x 2PTV would be required or 46PTV