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Walking-Working Surfaces

As an employee, falls can result from unstable walking or working surfaces. Workers are also subject to falls and the danger of falling objects if sides and edges, floor holes, and wall openings are not protected. Care must be exercised each day as you move about your work area. 


OSHA's standard for walking and working surfaces include requirements for housekeeping, guarding floor and wall openings and holes, and industrial stairs and ladders. 

Keeping working surfaces clean, dry, and uncluttered can prevent many workplace accidents. 

Many workers are injuried every year due to slips, trips, and falls generated by improper walking and working surfaces.

Most of these accidents can be prevented by using proper safety precautions.


Employees should receive proper training and learn to recognize common hazards associated with walking and working surfaces in their work environment.



OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Factsheet


Useful Links

OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces

OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Standard

US Access Board ADA Floor Standards

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