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The SafeWork Australia checklist Preventing Slips & Trips at Work is an excellent tool that HSRs, or H&S Committee members, and Supervisors can use to find slip and trip hazards in their workplace.

This checklist is attached to Safework Australia’s publication, Slips and Trips at the WorkPlace Fact Sheet. Slips and trips are a common cause of workplace injury; injuries such as, cuts, bruises, fractures, sprains, hip and back injuries.  

The first step towards preventing slip and trip injuries in your workplace is to find (identify) the hazards - places and situations where slips or trips could happen.

The second step towards preventing slips and trips is to assess the risks of those hazards. And the third step would be how to eliminate or control the risks.

However “If, after identifying a hazard, you already know the risk and how to control it effectively, you may simply implement the controls” (see page 5 Code of Practice How to Manage WHS Risks)

We recommend that you download and look at SafeWork’s Fact Sheet. It has lists of slip and trip hazards, their risks, and well established and accepted control measures you can use to control them.

And the fourth step in preventing slips and trips is to review the control measures you have used to ensure they are working as planned.