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  Q: Health and Safety regulations (UK) in relation to footwear and slips
   and trips?

  A: updated (09/02/2012)

In 1974 the UK Government introduced the Health and Safety at Work Act. This Act dealt with slips and trips at the work place. It stated that employers should ensure that their workplace - most notable their flooring - should be maintained to lower the likelihood of slips and trips. It is also recommended that if employers which to proactively decrease the possibility of slips and trips in their workplace, then they should look into recommending or supplying suitable footwear for their employees. The European Union has produced a set of standards for work shoes - EN ISO 20344:2004 (A1:2007) - where manufacturers need to adhere to a range of specifications to be rated as providing slip resistance.

 
 

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