Identify Floor Wet Cleaning Slips (Trips and Falls) Risks

In 82% of cleaning slips, trips and falls, the injured person was not a cleaner. In 78% of cleaning slips, trips and falls, the cleaning activity was floor cleaning.

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Regulation 18 of the General Application Regulations says that the floor of every workroom should be cleaned by a suitable method as frequently as necessary to maintain an appropriate level of safety and health.

Under section 19 of the 2005 Act, employers are required to carry out risk assessments and to record these in the Safety Statement. It is important that strict controls are implemented during wet-cleaning of floors. The risks from a wet, damp or drying floor should not be underestimated.


risk assessment approach to Floor Wet Cleaning slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps

  1. Identify Risks
  2. Communicate
  3. Replace
  4. Reschedule
  5. Equip
  6. Segregate

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