HSE launches online slip risk assessment tool

A new online Slips Assessment Tool (SAT) that evaluates potential risks to workers and others from slipping hazards in the workplace is being launched by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

SAT has been designed for those with responsibility for assessing slip hazards on smooth floors prone to contamination from substances such as water, food, oil and dust. It is already being used by the HSE and local authority enforcement officers.

The software consists of a computer-based package that is used in conjunction with a hand-held surface roughness meter to generate a ‘slip-risk’ rating.

This rating can then be used to determine the risk of pedestrians slipping in the area. A summary of the results can then be saved to file for further analysis or a print out can be produced to provide those responsible for workplace safety with a record of the findings.

Unlike conventional slip tests, SAT prompts the operator to consider a wide range of contributory factors, including floor surface properties, cleaning regimes and recontamination rates. This will enable the user to determine the main causes of the slipping risk and to identify the most effective remedial action to control it.

For further information, call the HSE on 08701 545500, or write to: HSE InfoLine, Caerphilly Business Park, Caerphilly CF83 3GG.

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