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Slips, Trips and Falls

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19 September 2024


Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. The majority of workplace slips, trips and falls can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions.

This course will help you understand the causes of slips, trips and falls and will highlight successful interventions.  The course will consider the importance of appropriate floor surface specification, good housekeeping, the role of footwear and the most important characteristics of stair design.

Learning outcomes

Delegates will be provided with information which will help them to:

  • Identify the causes of slips, trips and falls
  • Know the most effective measures that can be taken to manage the risk
  • Understand how stair design characteristics can influence the risk of falls
  • Know the measures that can be taken to improve stair safety

What the course will cover

The course will look at the slip potential model to help delegates understand why people slip. It will consider the influence of floor surface characteristics, surface contaminants and footwear.  The course will also discuss the common causes of trips and how to manage trip risk, as well as the influence of stair design characteristics and how to improve stair safety. By the end of the course, delegates will be able to identify examples of good and bad practice.

Who should attend

This course is designed for anyone who is involved in managing slips, trips and falls, particularly those responsible for selecting flooring or footwear in their organisation. It is also suitable for employees involved in operations relating to slips, trips and falls, such as cleaning. Those interested in understanding falls on stairs or have responsibility for managing health and safety will also find this course useful.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton.

Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to major roads and motorways, mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport.

Details of hotels in the Buxton area can be found at


£560 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

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Some of our training courses can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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