OSHA regulates slips, trips, and falls under Sub-part D, “Walking-Working Surfaces.” These requirements apply to all general industry workplaces. They also apply to all walking and work surfaces within these workplaces regardless of operations, including floors, aisles, stairs, ladders, platforms, roofs, etc.
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.
This online Walking-Working Surfaces: What Supervisors Need to Know course is designed to help supervisors understand the OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces rule and their responsibilities under the new slips, trips, and falls requirements.