Introduction to this document

Managing slips, trips and falls in an office environment

Slips, trips and falls can present a major hazard in an office environment. If the risks are not managed properly, this could lead to accidents resulting in personal injuries.

Managing the risks

To help you to identify the hazards associated with getting around in an office environment and the appropriate ways of controlling them, use our example Risk Assessment - Managing Slips, Trips and Falls in an Office Environment. It covers the generic hazards and suggests control measures to reduce risks to an acceptable level. You should ensure that your document only addresses “significant” hazards, i.e. any that could, and more importantly are likely to, cause an accident or injury.

Make your instructions clear

Don’t include activities in your document that simply don’t need to be there. Work to the principle that if there is any chance of your staff being unaware of the safe way of doing something, then you will need to make it clear in your document. Finally, always ensure that any control measures you identify and follow are decided upon the principle of “so far as is reasonably practicable”.

Note. The list of potential hazards is not exhaustive. However, for your risk assessment to be considered suitable and sufficient in the eyes of the law it must accurately reflect the “significant” hazards found when getting around in an office environment.

Note. This risk assessment only deals with the generic risks associated with an office environment. Your assessment should deal with the situation within your own offices and any specific risks need to be assessed.