Cordon Spills to Control Slips (Trips and Falls)

  • As far as possible, spills should be removed straight away using absorbent material.There may be no need for signage
  • In some cases it may not be possible to remove a spill straight away, e.g. large spills, spills of viscous/ hazardous liquids. In these limited circumstances it may be necessary to cordon off the spill so that the danger is clearly highlighted. Use signage if needed, until spills can be safely and fully removed
  • Signs should only be used where hazards cannot be avoided or adequately reduced
  • Signs may be used as a part of the cordon system Remove warning signs when they no longer apply (2.2 of Part B of Schedule 9 of the General Application Regulations)
  • See advice on segregation of wet floors
  • See advice on Grease or Oil on the Floor

Cordon system


risk assessment approach to Spills slips (trips and falls) can include the following steps

  1. Identify Risks
  2. Prevent
  3. Contain
  4. Detect
  5. Cordon
  6. Remove