Slips and Falls, OSHA, and Your Facility

HeatTrak Snow Melting Mats on a shipping and receiving dock

This article was previously published on the HeatTrak Commercial Blog: A Guide to Snow Removal, Snow Melting Mats & Facility Maintenance.

Prudent facility managers are well aware of OSHA and the need to remain compliant with its regulations. For those needing a refresher, here are the basics about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. A division of the United States Department of Labor, it was created in 1970 to ensure that men and women are guaranteed safe conditions at their workplace. OSHA sets and enforces standards and provides education and outreach to ensure that businesses and organizations adequately conform.

Who Must Comply with OSHA Regulations?

Most private sector and federally-run facilities are covered, and many state and local facilities, while not directly under the jurisdiction of OSHA, must maintain standards that are just as effective as the federal OSHA requirements. In short, there are very few workplaces that are exempt from stringent requirements to protect its workers.

What is Required of Your Facility?

Not every injury can be prevented, but your workplace must remain free of serious recognized hazards. If your employees regularly walk in areas that become snowy or icy, these walkways must be strictly monitored to ensure they are safe. OSHA provides guidelines for winter weather precautions, which include instructing workers to wear proper rubber-soled footwear when transporting supplies from trucks to your building and otherwise working on the grounds of the facility. By making proper footwear a condition of employment, you can take a big step toward warding off potential accidents.

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