Relevant laws and standards
The law places an absolute duty of care on you to ensure the health & safety of all
employees and visitors:
• Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Employers have to ensure their
employees, 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.
• The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999: build 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.
• The Workplace Regulations 1992 (Health, Safety and Welfare) require floor surfaces to be
suitable by not being slippery so as to expose any person to a safety risk.
• The HSE states, 'Any surface, whether wet or dry, shall have a coefficient of friction of 0.36
or above to be accepted as satisfactory slip resistant'
• The Building Regulations 2000 Pt M, relates to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) and
requires for the installation of anti-slip flooring surfaces to be installed.
Sainsbury's Supermarket Limited have been prosecuted and
fined £10,000, with costs of £11,042, for breaching S.2 of the
Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and r. 12 of the
Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
following a accident when the Bakery Manager slipped on a wet
floor, sustaining serious neck and back injuries.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Limited has been fined
£60,000 and ordered to pay more than £16,000 costs by
Manchester Crown Court for breaching Section 2(1), Health and
Safety at Work etc. Act, 1974 and for breaching Regulation 3(1)
of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations,
1999, following an accident when an employee slipped.
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