Slip Prevention

Slips & Trips injuries comprise of 35% of ''major'' injuries in the food & drink industries. This accounts for 1300 injuries annually. 80% of these being slips.

Slip accidents should in no way be accepted as part of the job. Eliminate the risk of these by investing in products that will effectively eliminate slip accidents, significantly reducing costs & lost working days.


The main causes of slip accidents are:

  1. Contamination
  2. Cleaning
  3. Flooring
  4. Footwear


Most slips (90%) occur when the floor is wet with water or contaminated with a food product.

  • Eliminate contamination of the floor from water or food product (e.g. leak and spillage prevention, dry methods to clean floors)
  • Prevent contamination of walkways (e.g. bunds around equipment, drainage channels, cleaning incoming footwear)
  • Limit the effects of contamination (e.g. immediate treatment of spillages, good ventilation for drying)


  • Ensure cleaning regime is effective and reduces slip risk. Floor treatments can often make floors more slippery.


  • Ensure floor has sufficient surface roughness. Floors which may become water contaminated should have at least 20 microns roughness (Rtm) increasing to 45 microns for milk and 70 microns for olive oil. Such roughness is microscopic and does not prevent hygienic cleaning.


  • Select suitable footwear as the effectiveness of shoe soles to prevent slips varies considerably. In general, softer soles (eg microcellular urethane with a good pattern) are least slippery on wet floors.

Non-skid throw rugs on slippery surfaces
Do you have tiled or hardwood floors in splash-prone areas? Adding non-skid throw rugs can help reduce accident potential. Rugs are an easy solution on otherwise slippery surfaces, but just make sure to add non-skid padding underneath the rug to prevent it from slipping out from underneath someone.

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