Ontario Region Durham East: Wintertime Slip, Trip, & Fall Prevention

Join Us for a Vital Event on Wintertime Safety:


Ontario Region Durham East: Wintertime Slip, Trip, & Fall Prevention

Powered by the KITE Research Institute – University Health Network

Endorsed by The Slips Trips and Falls Technical Committee of the International Ergonomics Association


Date: October 23, 2023

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

In-Person Location: KITE/UHN, 550 University Ave. Toronto, ON

Online location: Register to receive the meeting link

Cost: FREE


Dear members of the STF Committee,

We are thrilled to invite you to the Ontario Region Durham East: Wintertime Slip, Trip, & Fall Prevention event, a crucial gathering powered by the esteemed The KITE Research Institute at the University Health Network (KITE-UHN). This event has also received the esteemed endorsement of The Slips Trips and Falls Technical Committee of the International Ergonomics Association.

Why Attend?

Join us on October 23rd, 2023, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EDT, as we explore the critical elements of Wintertime Slip, Trip, and Fall Prevention with two distinguished subject matter experts:

  • Dr. Sophia Li (KITE-UHN)
  • Dr. Ruth Barclay (University of Manitoba)

This hybrid meeting will take place at the renowned KITE-UHN. KITE is at the forefront of research into the slip-resistance properties of winter footwear through its Rate My Treads Program.

What’s in Store:

Expert Insights: Gain invaluable knowledge from leading experts in the field.

Networking Breakfast: In-person attendees can build connections over a networking breakfast.

Research Lab Tour: In-person attendees get an exclusive look at KITE’s cutting-edge research facilities.

Registration is Open: https://www.csse.org/viewEvent.html?no_header=true&productId=8194

Don’t miss your chance to enhance your expertise and contribute to the vital discussion of wintertime safety. Whether you prefer to join us in person or online, this event is designed to empower you with the tools needed to prevent slips, trips, and falls during the winter months.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your network to help spread awareness of this essential event.

Stay safe and join us in the quest for wintertime safety excellence!

Warm regards,

Sophia Li

Co-Chair, Slips Trips and Falls Technical Committee of the International Ergonomics Association


Presentation videos presented at STF Sendai 2022

The following presentation videos presented at STF 2022 Sendai have been uploaded.

Title: Stairs Ramps and Tactile Surfaces. Aspects of Inclusive Design
Presenting author:Stephen C Thorpe (Olver & Rawden)

Title: Socially responsible slip resistance standardisation: factoring in public expectations of sustainability and life cycle performance
Presenting author: Richard Bowman (Intertile Research Pty Ltd.)

Presenting author: Mike Minett (Polyflor Ltd.)

Title: The quest to report the surface texture characteristics of slip resistance test specimens
Presenting author: Richard Bowman (Intertile Research Pty Ltd.)

Title: Preventing Slips, Trips, and Falls – The Importance of Good Data
Presenting author: Rob Shaw (Rob Shaw (TFG) Associates Ltd.)

STF2023 Registration and call for abstracts are now open!

Dear Colleagues,

Registration and call for abstracts are now open!

The International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls (STF) will be held in Toronto, Canada, on June 1-2, 2023. The conference will take place in a hybrid format (on-site and online attendance).

This conference aims to bring together experts from North America and around the world to share research excellence, industrial advances and policy innovations in slip/trip/fall-related injury prevention. This conference is expecting to draw delegates from a wide variety of safety-related sectors, including risk and safety managers, architects and designers, planners and facilities managers, ergonomists and forensics experts, footwear or flooring manufacturers, policymakers, standards committee members, other safety and healthcare professionals, researchers, and engineering.

We welcome you to submit abstracts for presentation at this conference. Abstracts will be accepted as “Individual (oral) presentations” OR as “Extended discussions/panel presentations”. The abstract template and further information are available on the conference website (https://kite-uhn.com/stf).

Important dates

  • Jan 15th 2023–Abstracts deadline
  • Mar 1st 2023–Notification of decision
  • May 15th 2023–Last day for change of registration or cancellation with a refund
  • May 31st–Registration Close

Early Bird Registration is available to the first 75 registrants only

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

If you have questions, please get in touch with Sophia at Yue.Li@uhn.ca or Alison at Alison.Novak@uhn.ca


The STF 2023 Organizing Committee

STF Sendai 2022 held successfully held in hybrid format

The 14th International Conference on Slips, Trips, and Falls Sendai 2022 (STF Sendai 2022) was held on July 22-23, 2022 in Sendai, Japan. The conference was hosted ty IEA Slips, Trips, and Falls (STF) Technical Committee and endorsed by the International Ergonomics Association (IEA).

Four keynote lectures were given by specialists in neuroscience, assistive technology, sports science, and robotics. 45 oral presentations from diverse filed related to slips, trips, and falls, with 11 counteries.

The hybrid conference (on-site and virtual) was successful. We asked all the presenters to submit pre-recorded presentation videos and use them for the presentation at the conference, which was effective for running the conference on time. Both on-site participants and virtual participants enjoyed the live Q&A sessions and provided positive feedback.

We received strong support from the School of Engineering of Tohoku University, the Japanese Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the Japanese Society for Fall Prevention, the Japanese National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (JNIOSH), and the Japanese Society of Biomechanism.

For more information: Report of STF Sendai 2022

STF Sendai 2022: abstract submission extension and plenary speaker announcement

Dear friends and colleagues,

Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

In-person/online hybrid format
While it is hoped that everyone will be able to come to the conference to enjoy the stimulating discussions and camaraderie, we are holding a hydrid event to overcome any potential travel difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic

Extension of abstract submission deadline
As we have received requests to extend the abstract submission deadline, we are extending the abstract submission deadline to January 28, 2022.

Whether you plan to join us online or onsite, we look forward to receiving your abstracts by the new submission deadline.

Plenary speakers
We’re excited to announce the plenary speakers who will be presenting at STF 2022 in Sendai.

Rezaul Begg
Professor, Institute for Health and Sports, Victoria University, Australia
Title (tentative): Tripping biomechanics and application of assistive technologies for falls prevention

Kenichi Harano
Senior General Manager, Institute of Sport Science, ASICS Corporation, Japan
Title (tentative): High-performance design of sports gear based on tribology

Yasuhisa Hirata
Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Japan
Title (tentative): Adaptable AI-enabled robots to support human activities

Stephen Lord
Scientia Professor, NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Neuroscience Research Australia
Title (tentative): Voluntary and reactive step training for the prevention of falls in older people

For all questions on this conference, please contact conference secretariat at stfsendai2022@gmail.com

On behalf of the STF2022 organizing committee,
Takeshi Yamaguchi

The submission portal for the call of papers on “Research Challenges of Slip Resistance Measurements” is open.

Dear colleagues,

The submission portal for the call of papers on “Research Challenges of Slip Resistance Measurements”  in Frontiers in Public Health is open.


This Research Topic is principally focused on broadening the knowledge base and developing new concepts and ideas on which improvements in the validity and reliability of slip resistance measurements might be made. To achieve this goal, this Research Topic will cover extensive themes on industry/public falls safety developments such as:

1) Engineering/tribology approach to measuring slip resistance properties;
2) Slip resistance (anti-slip) properties of floor/walkway surfaces;
3) Controls of contamination, cleaning, and maintenance;
4) The function of footwear and slip resistance shoes;
5) FEM and 2D/3D computational modelling for the interfaces amongst shoes, floors, and environments;
6) Stair falls and prevention;
7) Preventing slip, trips, and falls.

This Research Topic also welcomes papers on all other areas of falls prevention and related topics, including gait dynamics and slip resistance, biomechanics and friction controls, falls from heights, stair falls, etc.

Best regards,

Sophia Yue Li, PhD

Co-chair of IEA’s Slips, Trips, and Falls (STF) Technical Committee