Ita Leyden – Ergonomist & Forensic Engineer answers your work related health and safety queries as part of our monthly Q&A session.
“I’m a manager of a premises and we have recently carried out some refurbishments. Am I required by law to carry out a Floor-Slip Test to make sure the floor is safe?”
Firstly, regardless of any statutory obligation – it makes good business sense to check the slip potential of floors. Slips, trips and falls are the most common contributor to workplace accidents – so if one of your staff, or a member of the public slips on your new floor it could have a significant impact on your business.
The risk of slipping on a floor is associated with 3 factors – the type of flooring, contamination on the floor surface and the footwear. Testing the slip potential of floors before the accident happens is the best approach – LCE provide floor slip testing from as little as €150.
Now to answer the question in relation to legal obligation – yes, employers are required, by law to assess the risk of slips and to control those risks.
For more information or if you have any other queries which you would like me to address contact info@LCE.ie.
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