What does the law say about slips and trips?

Last updated: 04 Mar 2020

The law governing slips and trips is largely the same as most other health and safety risks, with the principle legislation being the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the latter requiring employers to carry out an assessment of the things that may cause people harm.

In addition, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations require employers to ensure that floors are suitable (ie not too slippery), in good condition and free from obstructions, enabling people to move around safely.

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