Cordon Spills to Control Slips (Trips and Falls)

  • As far as possible, spills should be removed straight away using absorbent material.
  • 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 and people cannot walk over the spill area
  • 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