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Taking steps against workplace slips

GRIP is a footwear slip resistance rating scheme developed by HSL to actively reduce slips.

Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injury to employees*, leading to 2 million lost working days in 2012/13 and representing a major financial burden to businesses.

The HSL GRIP rating scheme uses rigorous, scientific testing to measure and grade the slip resistance of footwear.

GRIP will enable manufacturers to;

  • Clearly show the level of slip resistance at point of sale,
  • Improve slip resistance during the design and development process,
  • Gain competitive advantage over non-rated footwear.

GRIP will help footwear buyers to;

  • Choose the right level of slip resistance for their employees,
  • Ensure maximum staff protection against slips,
  • Reduce slipping accidents,
  • Reduce business costs associated with slip-related absences.


Our white paper 'Get a GRIP' explains how the scheme works and where you can get further information about which footwear has been rated.

Click here to download a free, printable PDF.

Footwear manufacturers can now obtain ratings for their footwear. Click here for full details of the scheme.

Click here for your copy of the GRIP Scheme Handbook.

*Source: HSE - Slips & trips and falls from height in Great Britain, 2013

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GRIP Ratings