Reducing slip hazards on concourses

The SGSA publication Concourses provides guidance. In section 7.3 of this publication it is stated that:

The flooring of concourses should be easily cleaned and slip-resistant. Where a risk assessment indicates that there is likely to be a wet or dry contamination on any internal or external floor surface it is recommended that a suitable non-slip surface is provided.

Advice on the design, procurement and cleaning of non-slip surfaces is available on the Health and Safety Executive web site.

Further technical advice is contained in “Safer surfaces to walk on – Reducing the risk of slipping” published by the Construction Industry Research Information Association.

Advice on testing the slip resistance of flooring, either to validate the manufactures claims or to evaluate how the flooring is performing under wear from traffic, is available in “The measurement of floor surface slip resistance: Guidelines recommended by the UK Slip Resistance Group”.

The Health and Safety Executive provide further advice on prevention of slip hazards and assessing the slip risk on flooring.



Tools and resources

Historic Circulars

Historic Home Office and DCMS Circulars affecting football and sports grounds.

Standing in Seated Areas

The 2013 Joint Statement on Standing in Seated Areas at Football Grounds, agreed by SGSA, Premier League, English Football League, the FA, FSOA and others.

Safety Advisory Group – Terms of Reference Checklist

A checklist for making any changes to the SAG Terms of Reference as a result of the wider understanding of safety.

Safety Management

Our Safety Management guidance brings together good practice on safety personnel, safety management procedures, event management and preparing for incidents.


Our Concourses document contains helpful information including advice on occupancy levels and floor space factors.



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