Principals and school staff must follow the Slips, Trips and Falls Management Policy, Slips, Trips and Falls Management Procedure and Resource section which are available in the Policy and Advisory Library (PAL).
Corporate and regional staff should follow the information below.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls incidents and injuries happen for many reasons.
Common slip hazards include:
spills of liquid or solid material
wet cleaning methods
a sudden change in floor surface, for example joins between carpet and tiles
change from wet to dry surface
dusty and sandy surfaces
the incline of a ramp
loose or bumpy flooring
low light levels
use of unsuitable footwear
Common trip hazards include:
ridges in floors or carpets
worn floor coverings or broken tiles
potholes and cracks in floors
changes in floor level
thresholds and doorstops
floor sockets and phone jacks
cables from power extension units
loads that obstruct vision
obstacles in traffic areas
Common fall hazards (under two metres) include:
poor systems of work - e.g., using step ladders or chairs to access high storage areas, climbing down ladders while carrying objects, unsafe loading or unloading of vehicles
uneven surfaces or changes in floor levels
poorly maintained and dimly lit stairwells
into a hole or a ditch
Slip, trips and falls account for the greatest number of injuries in the Department. Slips trips and fall hazards can be identified as part of the workplace inspection process (proactive approach) or when an incident happens (reactive approach).
If a slip, trip and fall hazard is identified it should be reported to the workplace manager and/or management OHS nominee or the health and safety representative (HSR).
OHS Management System documentation
Implement and Communicate Controls
The workplace manager and/or the management OHS nominee in consultation with the HSR and employees, must ensure that controls to manage slips, trips and fall risks are identified and implemented using the order of the hierarchy of controls.
elimination - e.g., remove slip and trip hazards at the design stage such as eliminating changes in floor levels and installing more power outlets to avoid trailing cords)
substitution - e.g., replace flooring with a more slip-resistant surface
isolation — e.g., prevent access to high risk areas, cordon off wet floor areas while cleaning is in progress
engineering - e.g., apply floor treatments to increase slip resistance, improve lighting, stop leaks from pipes, provide adequate drainage, clearly mark edges of steps and any changes to floor height
administration - e.g., implement good housekeeping practices, use signage to warn of wet or slippery areas, complete the Slips, Trips and Falls eLearning module
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – e.g., wear resistant footwear
The workplace manager and/or the management OHS nominee must communicate all risks and control measures associated with slips, trips and falls to all employees, contractors and visitors. A slip, trip, fall poster (pdf - 2.27mb) is available to improve awareness of slip, trip and fall hazards.
Record Risk Controls
The workplace manager and/or the management OHS nominee, in consultation with the HSR and employees must record identified and implemented risk controls to manage slips, trips and falls risks in the Corporate/Regional Offices OHS Risk Register.
Legislation, Guidance, and Compliance Codes
OHS Advisory Service on ph. 1300 074 715 or email email@example.com.
WorkSafe Victoria information on slips, trips and falls