Need for Slip Resistant Footwear

"A HAMPSHIRE postman has won thousands of pounds in compensation– because of the “slippery” boots he was given"

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In 2010 and 2011, 11% of 1,980 HSA workplace visits found slip resistant footwear was not provided for relevant staff

In 2010 and 2011, 9% of 1,938 HSA workplace visits found slip resistant footwear was not worn by relevant staff

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, 70% of 5,871 HSA workplace visits found that slip resistant footwear was merited

In 2013, 67% of 1,471 HSA workplace visits found that the risk assessment identified the need for slip-resistant footwear

HSL advise about

  • one company with a peripatetic workforce had 70 lost time accidents and reduced this to 1 lost time accident after a footwear trial
  • an abattoir that reduced slips costs from £207,800 to £136,000 over three years by “clear” floor specifications, “matched” footwear, monitoring and removal of chequerplate
  • a sausage factory that reduced slip costs from £2,500 to £300 per month by changing cleaning, footwear and the system of work
  • a pet food factory that reduced slips saving £12,000 following a six-month footwear trial and new footwear for all staff
  • local authority kitchens that had a big reduction in accidents following the introduction of slip resistant overshoes for all

See Slip Resistant Footwear Further Information