Safer Places of Worship

Slips & Trips

Slips and trips are a common cause of accidents and injuries. More information about what causes slips and trips can be found on the HSE website.

When performing a risk assessment consider the following

A safe floor has no unexpected changes in level, and no damage to surfaces. Carpets need to be securely fixed down.

Have you thought about other factors like good lighting, distractions such as loud or unfamiliar noises and the effect of the weather, e.g. ice, condensation, or rain?

Most floors only become slippery once contaminated e.g. with rainwater, grease or product wrappers. Can you reduce or prevent this? Cleaning can create risks from slippery floors and trailing wires.

Can you improve your housekeeping to reduce accidents? Keep walkways clear and rooms tidy with suitable storage and waste bins.

Do you and your team have a ‘see it, sort it out’ approach? A positive attitude, rather than waiting for someone else to sort it out can reduce the risk of accidents.