Safety Facility Equipment Identification Catalog Page 14 Key Business Issues

14 Key Business Issues Slips / Trips / Falls OSHA 29 CFR 1910.22 Walking/Working Surfaces. This standard supports worker safety by keeping workplaces clean and safe from hazards, including keeping facilities clean, dry and orderly, providing dry standing surfaces, permanently marking aisles, passageways, and more. ANSI A1264.2-2012 Provision for the Slip Resistance on Walking/ Working Surfaces. This sets forth provisions for protecting persons where there is potential for slips and falls as a result of surface characteristics or conditions. Slips, Trips and Falls Slips, trips, and falls occur when there is too little friction or traction on a walking surface, when a foot or lower leg hits an object while the rest of the body continues to move, or when the center of balance is lost resulting in a descent to the floor, against an object or to a surface at a lower level than the original surface. 1 These incidents are often caused by slippery, irregular or uneven surfaces, obstacles on the floor or uncovered/unidentified hazard areas. Hazards relating to slips, trips and falls are frequently top offenders on OSHA's top 10 violation lists. In 2015 alone, slips, trips, and falls were tied to three of the top ten violations, and two of the top three. These violations included hazards relating to fall protection (#1), scaffolding (#3), and ladders (#7). 2 Regulation Summary: Free Download: Slips, Trips and Falls Guidebook Advancing Your Safety Program Impacts of Slips, Trips and Falls Slips, trips and falls can have a costly impact on the safety and productivity of your facility: Are one of the leading causes of unintentional injuries in the U.S., accounting for approximately 8.9 million emergency room visits 3 Lead to over 17% of all disabling occupational injuries 4 Cause 1 in 6 lost time injuries 3 Result in 95 million workdays lost per year 5 Cost an average of $20,000 per incident 7 10 Steps to Avoid Slips Trips and Falls 1. Assess Your Workplace 2. Mark Aisles and Passageways 3. Provide Traction on Slippery Surfaces 4. Improve Stair Safety 5. Mark Emergency Evacuation Routes 6. Post Safety Signs and Labels 7. Warn of Temporary Hazards 8. Inspect Scaffolds and Ladders 9. Control and Clean Oil and Spills 10. Train Employees 1. OSHA. (2007). Slips, Trips & Falls Identification & Prevention. Retrieved from: 2. ISHN. (2015). OSHA's top 10 violations for 2015 announced at NSC Congress & Expo. Retrieved from: 3. National Safety Council. (2011). Slips, Trips and Falls Fact Sheet. Retrieved from: 4. OSHA. (2007). Slips, Trips & Falls Identification & Prevention. 5. Smith, S. (2013, July 15). The High Costs of Slips, Trips and Falls. Retrieved from EHS Today. 6. National Floor Safety Institute. (2015). Quick Facts. Retrieved from Learn more about slips, trips and falls and how to prevent them with this free guide. Download at

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