Preventing Falls From Slips and Trips in Ontario CCOHS



About 17,000 Ontario workers are injured each year in falls reported to the WSIB. The majority of these injuries result from falls from the same level – namely, slips and trips. This course offers guidance on how to prevent these types of injuries in the workplace. It provides workers, managers, supervisors and health and safety committees with practical information, tips and examples to help them to understand the causes of falls, and to take preventive measures.

This course focuses on the two most common types of falls: falls at the same level and falls on stairs. Fall hazards of these types exist in most workplaces including offices, the service sector, manufacturing and construction.

Developed by CCOHS in collaboration with WSPS, this course also features case studies, review quizzes, “Ask a Question”, and access to resources from CCOHS and WSPS. Those who score at least 80% on the final exam will be able to print a certificate of completion.

Topics include:

  • Common causes of falls
  • How slips and trips occur
  • Roles of floor surfaces, stairs, walkways, housekeeping, obstructions, spills, and outdoor conditions
  • Worker and employer responsibilities
  • Prevention of slip and trip hazards on surfaces, floors, and stairs

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Understand the importance of preventing falls
  • Be able to identify the main causes of slip, trip and fall accidents in the workplace
  • Know methods and practices that help prevent falls

Average time to complete this course is 1 hour.

Target Audience

  • Ontario workers – new and experienced
  • Managers and supervisors in Ontario
  • Joint health and safety committees, facility managers
  • Human resources and safety professionals in Ontario who have responsibilities for training and compliance



Delivery Method

This course is delivered as an on-line e-learning course. All you need is a computer, access to the Internet – and you are ready to go! This e-learning course is designed to help you learn at your own pace and in your own environment at your own convenience.