GRIP scheme
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GRIP Scheme

2017 grip rating

SFCE FOOTWEAR AWARDED THE HSL 5 STAR GRIP RATING!

Slips and trips are the most common cause of major injury to employees*, leading to 2 million lost working days in 2012/13 and representing a major financial burden to businesses.

Slip resistant footwear identified through HSL ramp testing, the test used as the basis of the GRIP scheme, has proven to reduce employee slips across a range of businesses. The GRIP scheme aims to disseminate valid and useful information regarding the slip resistance of footwear through the use of easy to understand star-ratings. The higher the star rating, the greater the slip resistance.

The Health & Safety Laboratory (HSL) have developed the GRIP rating scheme for the slip resistance of footwear. The purpose of the GRIP scheme is to allow footwear users to identify suitable slip resistant footwear as a control measure to reduce their risk of slipping accidents.


The effectiveness of rated footwear should be monitored as part of the risk assessment review process. If, for example, slips occur in Two Star footwear, you should consider upgrading to footwear with a higher rating.

The GRIP scheme only deals with the slip resistance of footwear. Whilst slips are a major issue, other safety requirements arising from risk assessments, such as toe protection, should be considered in parallel with the GRIP ratings when selecting footwear for use as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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