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Where better to make that right choice of flooring than at the very beginning of the design process taking a balanced view of cost, durability, aesthetics and safety targeting those areas that get foreseeably wet. Getting it right by design is a giant step forwards in reducing slip injuries.


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Slipping accidents cause many thousands of occupational and public sector injuries every year involving broken bones, pain suffering and financial loss for society. The perception by the public, the workforce and by many who are responsible for designing floors for use both inside and outside is that these accidents are inevitable. Not true. The reality is that sensible precautions can and do eliminate the majority of these accidents and if the problem is explained and sensible floor choices made then the risks to those who ultimately use the floor can be managed more effectively. Where better to make that right choice of flooring than at the very beginning of the design process taking a balanced view of cost, durability, aesthetics and safety targeting those areas that get foreseeably wet. Getting it right by design is a giant step forwards in reducing slip injuries.

Specifiers’ handbook for inclusive design: Internal floor finishes

A vital part of the Health and Safety Commission’s programme to reduce the number of slip accidents in the UK is to support and endorse industry written practical guidance for those who design, procure and manage flooring in buildings.

This Specifiers’ Handbook has been produced by the Centre For Accessible Environments and published by RIBA Publishing and provides a practical understanding of how to provide internal flooring that enables all users of all abilities to be safe as they navigate around the buildings they use.

The document is based upon work undertaken by the Health and Safety Laboratory and others and contains advice on the mechanics of slipping, common flooring contaminants, the importance of surface roughness, testing methods, the slip potential for commonly specified flooring materials and some excellent case studies.

The Specifiers’ Handbook is sponsored by the Health and Safety Executive and a priced copy can be obtained from RIBA Publishing www.ribabookshops.com quoting ISBN 1-85946-255-3

CIRIA C652 Safer surfaces to walk on – Reducing the risk of slipping – new guidance!

If you need detailed and practical guidance on how to choose new flooring or improve existing floors and stairs in order to stop people from slipping, this document is for you.

Once you understand what can cause a slip you are halfway to finding a solution. This guide looks at all the different factors that lead to slips happening e.g. inappropriate flooring material, dry and wet contamination, shoe soles, cleaning regimes, human factors and environmental issues. It also introduces the Slip Potential Model, which helps you predict, through your risk assessments, where slips may happen. The section on the health, safety and building legislation also helps you understand your statutory obligations. Whilst the real life case studies illustrate how others have or hope to overcome their slip problems.

This document was written for people who design, procure and manage flooring in buildings, but as it is easy to follow it would suit anyone who wanted detailed knowledge on how to prevent slips and if followed, should significantly reduce the number of accidents on existing and new floors.

The guide is published by the Construction Industry Research Information Association, written by Arup Project management and co-funded by HSE, the Rail Safety and Standards Board, London Underground, Tubelines, the Department of Health and the British Council of Shopping Centres and is based on research mostly carried out by the Health and Safety Laboratory. Other bodies responsible for the design maintenance and operation of transport systems, shopping centres and hospitals – all organisations where the costs of slipping incidents are high – have also considerably helped in the production of the guide.

It is available as a priced hard copy from CIRIA Books but can also be accessed in PDF format at no cost under that link to CIRIA ‘Safer Surfaces to Walk on etc [PDF 22MB] .

Update of ‘Safer surfaces to walk on – reducing the risks of slipping’

This update to CIRIA C652 Safer surfaces to walk on – reducing the risk of slipping (Carpenter et al, 2006) has been produced to give an overview of developments in knowledge and research in the field of slips (and, to some degree, trips) since the guide was published. While the original intention was that this would focus principally on research carried out at the Health and Safety Laboratory, the update has also looked at developments in Europe and research within other organisations, including some of those organisations who have contributed to the funding for this update.

The original report  was produced as a CIRIA publication, and was also made freely available through the HSE and RSSB websites. The update is being produced as a web-based document with the intention that subsequent material can be added at regular intervals. It is considered that this addresses the importance of the subject area.

The document is arranged in four sections that can be accessed individually:

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Key issues from the update
  3. Key issues from the update for stakeholders
  4. Update of C652 (2010)

Core members of CIRIA can access the updated publication by entering the CIRIA Publications website link to external website. Those who are not Core members should click on ‘free publications’ on the CIRIA Publications home page to gain access to this and other free CIRIA publications.

Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.

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