At any incident the physical working environment may present hazards to safe operations such as uneven and slippery surfaces, changes in level and bodies of water. The time of day, weather conditions and the light level can increase the risk to responders operating in such working environments.
The risk of slips and trips can be reduced by effectively managing the working environment, individuals maintaining vigilance and indicating/illuminating the presence of hazards. When working near bodies of water or changes in level personnel should be isolated from the hazard where possible rather than relying on supervision or PPE.
See: National Operational Guidance: Subsurface, height structures and confined spaces
See: National Operational Guidance: Water rescue and flooding