Slips, trips and falls can happen in any area of any workplace — from the office to the production floor to the loading dock to the warehouse and everywhere in between. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, slip, trip and fall hazards cause the majority of general industry workplace accidents and cost employers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and business. The good news is that OSHA believes many of these injuries can be prevented by following existing regulations and recommended safe work practices.
OSHA regulates slips, trips and falls under Subpart D, "Walking-Working Surfaces." These requirements apply to all general industry workplaces. It also covers all walking and work surfaces within these workplaces regardless of operations, including floors, aisles, stairs, ladders, platforms, roofs, etc.
Walking-Working Surfaces compliance date for training for employees on fall and equipment hazards is May 17, 2017.
After completing Walking Working Surfaces: What You Need to Know for Supervisors and Employees:
Supervisors will be able to:
Employees will be able to:
- Recognize when a hazard assessment is required
- Identify when an inspection is required
- Recognize additional fall protection options
- Determine when/if training is required
- Identify a qualified person to develop and conduct the training
Program includes 30-minute video, trainer guide, 10 employee handbooks, and an awareness poster. Program has both English and Spanish in one program and is closed captioned for the hearing impaired.
- Recognize the impact of the new standard
- Identify their own responsibilities in terms of hazard assessments, inspections, fall protection, and training