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    SAFER FLOOR SURFACES BY DESIGN

    Guidance on law concerning design of workplace floor surfaces

    Advice has been issued by HSE to Inspectors on the application of Regulation 12 Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 regarding the prevention of slip incidents by incorporating slip-resistant floor finishes in the design.

    The guidance will interest those with duties under CDM 2007, particularly designers, who must avoid foreseeable risks to any person using a structure designed as a workplace and take account of the provisions of the Workplace Regulations.

    The HSE guidance explains the implications of the case Ellis v Bristol City Council, [2007] ICR 1614 CA ([2007] EWCA Civ 685), in which the Court of Appeal considered the standard required in relation to floors under Workplace Regulations. A number of factors that were identified in the Ellis case which help demonstrate whether a particular floor or surface in a workplace should be a slip-resistant finish.

    Comment: This guidance highlights that, during design of new or refurbishment of workplaces the ClientCDM-C and Designers should exchange information on the forseeability of slip risks in workplaces. This should be followed by an assessment of (a) the scale of the hazard and (b) the steps to be taken to eliminate or reduce the risk as required under CDM 2007.

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