New Hampshire Slips and Falls laws & safety compliance analysis

New Hampshire Slips and Falls: What you need to know

New Hampshire does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program for the state; therefore, private sector workplaces must comply with federal occupational safety and health standards.

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The state has adopted its own slips and falls rule for public sector employers (state and local government agencies) in general industry workplaces that is substantially less comprehensive than the federal rule.

The U.S. Department of Labor/Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administers and enforces federal workplace safety and health requirements in private sector workplaces. The New Hampshire Department of Labor/Safety and Training Division administers safety and health rules for public sector workplaces.

Public Sector-Fall Protection
NH Regulations-Labor 1403.20

Employers must protect employees from falling from a walking or working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is 4 feet (ft) or more above a lower level by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.

Public Sector-Floor Openings and Open Sides
NH Regulations-Labor 1403.22

Every stairway and ladderway floor opening must be guarded by a standard railing on all exposed sides except at the entrance. The entrance to ladderway openings must be guarded to prevent a person from walking directly into the opening.

Every hatchway and chute floor opening must be guarded by a hinged floor opening cover equipped with standard railings to leave only one exposed side or a removable railing with toeboard on not more than two sides and fixed standard railing with toeboards on all other exposed sides.

Every floor hole into which persons can accidentally walk must ...

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