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The Laws on Health & Safety and Building Regulations with respect to slippery floors which should be complied with to avoid personal injury claims and prosecution

This information is directly taken from Laws on Health & Safety (HSE) Web Site and Part M of the Building Regulations 2004

EMPLOYERS and MANAGERS…have a Legal Duty of Care to ensure Floor Slip Hazards do not exist

Failure to do so results in: -

1. Large injury compensation claims -  Read a few Articles extracted from the news and further information on accident claims here from Slip Injury Lawyers

2. Lost Profit,  Production & time off Sick - Up to £20,000 per annum per person

3. 12 Months in prison and a £20,000 fine for breaching Health & Safety Laws

Health & safety Act 2008

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

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 Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

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.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

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.

Further Information on the Law (Relating to Slips and Trips at Work)

May we suggest reading the HSE leaflet ‘Preventing slips and trips at work PDF’ http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg225.pdf

Case Law on Slips and Trips - True Example Case

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.

British & European Standards for testing floors - Relevant in UK Courts of Law

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) 13036-4:2011 is also used for assessment of surface slipperiness but more applicable to roads than floors. The results are reported as Pendulum Test Value (PTV) or Slip Resistance Value (SRV). The Pendulum test is used routinely by the Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) on behalf of HSE (Though the HSL are much more expensive than FloorSlip for the same test - see the Floor Testing Prices.

Other British / European Standards for floor tests recognised in UK Courts of Law

DIN 51130 Laboratory based Ramp Test,

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.

DIN 51097 Laboratory based Ramp Test

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.

EN 13845 Laboratory based ramp test

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.

EN 13287 Laboratory based mechanical slip test for safety / occupational footwear.

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.

For further information on slip resistance tests

see HSE information sheet: Assessing the Slip Resistance of Flooring

Part M of Building Regulations - Summary of laws applicable to the slip resistance of floors for all persons (including the disabled)

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 - Designs of Buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people - Code of Practice. AMD 15617 2005, AMD 15982 2005. Guidance prepared by the Health & Safety Executive on the Slip Resistance of Floors can be found in Annex C of BS 8300.

Part M of Building Regulations also covers  Gradients of slopes and ramps

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

Ramp Gradients Requirements Ramp Gradients

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