This topic covers OSHA’s walking and working surfaces standard for general industry, better known as slips, trips, and falls.
The rule regulates most areas where employees work or travel in the workplace. It includes ladders, wall and floor openings, aisles, scaffolds, and stairs, and cover design, construction, and installation specifications for injury prevention, as well as procedures and guidelines for the safe use of equipment such as scaffolds and portable ladders.
Although OSHA does not have a specific general industry rule for fall protection, OSHA considers the walking/working surfaces rule and the personal protective equipment rules (29 CFR 1910.132 to 1910.138) to serve as fall protection guidelines for general industry workplaces.
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