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Module: Walking and Working Surfaces
Walking and Working Surfaces

Slips, trips, and falls cause the majority of general industry accidents. Fifteen percent of all accidental deaths are caused by slips, trips, and falls. These cause more fatalities than any other accident except motor vehicles.

The OSHA standards for walking and working surfaces apply to all permanent places of employment, except where only domestic, mining, or agricultural work is performed. Falls from as little as 4 to 6 feet can cause serious lost-time accidents and sometimes death. The OSHA standard identifies areas or activities where fall protection is needed. The standard clarifies how an employer must provide fall protection for employees, such as identifying and evaluating fall hazards and providing training. Under the standard, employers are able to select fall protection measures compatible with the type of work being performed.

The most cited areas of this module, Walking and Working Surfaces, are found in housekeeping requirements, and requirements for guarding floor openings and wall openings. Poor housekeeping and failure to properly guard wall and floor openings results in slips, trips, and falls.

This module takes 30 minutes to complete. At the end of this module, you must obtain an 80% or higher on the Test Your Knowledge for it to be marked as complete. You have unlimited attempts and the highest attempt is recorded.