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Slips and Falls
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This topic covers OSHA’s walking and working surfaces standard for general industry, better known as slips, trips, and falls.

The walking and working surfaces standard regulates most areas where employees work or travel in the workplace. Walking and working surfaces include ladders, wall and floor openings, aisles, scaffolds, and stairs. OSHA’s regulations 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.

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Directives 04/16/1984 - STD 1-1.13 - Fall Protection in General Industry 29 CFR 1910.23(c)(1) (c)(3), and 29 CFR 1910.132(a) 07/18/2003National
Directives 04/26/1982 - STD 1-1.11 - The Alternating Tread Type Stair 07/18/2003National
Directives 06/16/2006 - 06-03 (CPL 02) - Cancellation of STD 01-01-007 (29 CFR 1910.23, Guarding Floor and Wall Opening and Holes - General Industry) 06/16/2006National
Directives 06/30/1981 - STD 1-1.10 - Height of Guardrails in General Industry Applications 07/16/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-1.1 - Defining the Term 07/09/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-1.5 - 29 CFR 1910.23(c)(1), Protection of Opensided Floors, Platforms and Runways; Guardrails - Loading Rack Platforms 07/07/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-1.6 - 29 CFR 1910.23(e)(5), (iii), Clearance of Handrails and Railings - General Industry 07/08/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-1.8 - 29 CFR 1910.23(c), Metal Pouring Platforms - Protection of Open- sided Floors, Platforms and Runways 07/08/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Slips and Falls - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Slips and Falls - General Industry  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.23 Guarding floor and wall openings and holes  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.24 Fixed industrial stairs  National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910 - Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) 05/24/2010National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910 - Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) 11/12/2010National
Interpretations Acceptability of a Fixed Ramp with a One-in-Four Slope on an Industrial Conveyor. [1910.23; 1910.132] 07/06/2005National
Interpretations Acceptability of slip on fittings on stair rails and requirement for stair rails to be smooth surfaced. [1910.23; 1910.23(e)(1)] 11/14/2005National
Interpretations Acceptable use of single point anchor systems for window cleaning operations. 03/08/2002National
Interpretations Alternative fall protection program when guardrails are infeasible to install. [1910.23; 1910.23(c)] 02/27/2006National
Training Tips Beware of Winter's Slippery Surfaces  National
Questions & Answers Can I get a clear interpetation of general industry fall protection? I read an article about 4' now and 6' was also mentioned. 04/16/2008National
Interpretations Center stair rail requirements for fixed industrial stairs greater than 88 inches wide.[1910.23(d)(1)(v)] 05/23/2005National
Interpretations Circumstances under which installation of fixed industrial stairs with a slope between 50 degrees and 70 degrees from the horizontal would be considered a de minimis violation. [1910.24] 02/10/2006National
Interpretations Clarification of fixed stairs strength; minimum of 1,000 lbs. [1910.24(c)] 05/08/2000National
Interpretations Compliance of stair and platform railings with height requirements in OSHA standards for fixed industrial stairs. 08/27/2008National
Questions & Answers Do we need a railing system, tie downs, or some other form of fall protection for maintenance work on an HVAC system approximately 15 feet off the ground? 09/27/2007National
Questions & Answers Do you have any sample slip and fall prevention policies? 02/26/2010National
Questions & Answers Do you have fall protection information for general industry, not construction? 12/17/2009National
Questions & Answers Do you have guidance on working at hazardous heights? 05/25/2010National
Talks Don't Be a 'Fall Guy' (PDF)  National
Talks Don't Be a 'Fall Guy' (PDF)  National
Talks Don't Be a 'Fall Guy' (Word)  National
Training Tips Don't Fall for Trip and Fall Hazards  National
Posters Don't Let Safety Slip Away (PDF)  National
Interpretations Electrical Conductor Identification. 12/18/1997National
Interpretations Fall hazards over 25 feet. [1910.28] 05/21/1992National
Guidance Documents Fall prevention strategies: Proven methods for reducing falls in general-industry workplaces  National
Trainer's Outlines Fall prevention strategies: Proven methods for reducing falls in general-industry workplaces  National
Training Tips Fall Prevention Training Helps Assure A Soft Landing  National
Interpretations Fall protection for an extendable gangway. 07/24/1995National
Interpretations Fall Protection in the power distribution industry. [1910.269] 09/01/1995National
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