Slip Causes and Solutions: Footwear

How does footwear contribute towards slips?

Footwear, along with x, y and z is an important factor for any stakeholder to consider in establishing a slip prevention strategy
Properties of footwear which can affect slip resistance include:

Under what circumstances is a footwear policy likely to be advisable?

In some instances, you cannot control the footwear that is worn, e.g. in public spaces by customers / visitors. As such, efforts should centre around [cleaning and flooring]
In workplaces, stakeholders can encourage and / or stipulate the type of footwear to be worn. The severity of any such policy is likely to be based on the type of environment in question
Under health & safety legislation, an employer has a duty to provide, free of charge, special protective footwear where unsuitable footwear is considered to be a factor in a slip risk assessment

What can be done through footwear to mitigate the risk of slips?

The choice of footwear should be a cornerstone of any slip prevention strategy
In work situations where floors are clean, dry and inherently safe, a ‘sensible footwear’ policy might be encouraged in order to reduce the risk of slips, e.g. flat shoes; shoes with a sensible heal ; shoes with the heal and sole made of softer materials which encourage more grip
In ‘harsher’ environments where floors cannot easily be kept dry or clean, e.g. a kitchen, slip resistant shoes may be required
There are a number of different types of ‘safety footwear’ available on the market, each holding various slip resistance claims

If it is necessary to do so, what factors should I consider when specifying footwear in order to prevent slips?

As with other parts of a slip prevention strategy, one should undertake sufficient due diligence when choosing footwear.
Factors to consider include:

Where can I find more information?

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