Slips and trips at historic properties
06 August 2019
Historic properties can present different slip and trip hazards to modern buildings and can challenge standard preventative methods, often due to the fabric of the building or design constraints.
Slips and trips hazards
Slips and trip risks can develop over time
In comparison with today, historic properties were most likely built to different standards (if any at all) and for very different purposes. Over time, buildings change becoming worn or damaged and whilst this is part of their story, hazards develop.
Guidance for slips and trips in historic properties
Following a unique project by Ecclesiastical and leading researchers at the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) in the UK, we have produced a series of guides to help manage slips and trips at historic premises.
The eight-part guide considers a 360o view from prevention to defensibility, and outlines cost-effective, yet sympathetic solutions to protect buildings as well as people.
You can access the practical findings of this unique research by reading more about the different risk factors via the images below or going direct to the guidance documents listed at the bottom of this page.
The problem and the solution
Dark stairs in the same wood as surroundings
Varnish nosings a shade lighter or darker and add a handrail.
A warning sign left in place after the floor has dried.
Ensure staff/volunteers know to remove the sign as soon as the floor is safe.
Inspection and maintenance
After inspection, fence it off.
A staircase that is difficult for someone with a physical disability to use
Present a short video about the spaces that cannot be accessed.
The environment and contamination
Wet weather being walked inside
Correct sized and positioned entrance meeting