Slips and Falls: What you need to know

OSHA’s walking and working surfaces standard (also known as slips, trips, and falls) for general industry workplaces regulates most areas where employees may work or travel in the workplace. Walking/working surfaces include ladders, wall and floor openings, aisles, and scaffolds. Much of the standard is geared to design, construction, and installation specifications for the prevention of worker injury from slips, trips, and falls. Other aspects cover procedures and guidelines for safe use of equipment such as scaffolds and portable ladders.

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See the national Ladders analysis for information about ladder safety.

Fall protection. Although OSHA does not have a specific general industry rule for fall protection like the one for construction workplaces (29 CFR 1926.500), the Agency considers the rule that covers protection of open-sided floors, platforms, and runways (29 CFR 1910.23(c)) and the personal protective equipment rule (29 CFR 1910.132(a)) to serve as fall protection guidelines for general industry workplaces.

Additional fall-protection-related general industry rules are located at:

  • 29 CFR 1910.66--Powered Platforms for Building Maintenance
  • 29 CFR 1910.66 Appendix C--Personal Fall Arrest System (Section I)
  • 29 CFR 1910.269--Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution

OSHA's walking/working surfaces rules apply to all permanent workplaces, except where only domestic, mining, or agricultural work is performed.

See the national Ladders analysis for information about ladder safety.

29 CFR 1910.22

Housekeeping. All areas where employees work or travel even infrequently must be kept clear of hazards. Every floor, work area, and passageway must be ...

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