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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 or to the dangers 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 standards for walking and working surfaces include requirements for housekeeping, guarding floor and wall openings and holes,  industrial stairs and ladders.
  • Keeping working surfaces clean, dry, and uncluttered can prevent many workplace accidents.
  • Many workers injured every year due to slips, trips, or falls generated by improper walking and working surfaces.  
  • Most of these accidents can be prevented if proper safety precautions are initiated.

Employees should recognize common hazards associated with walking and working surfaces in their work environment. Each employee should receive appropriate Walking-Working Surfaces training.  

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Walking-Working Surfaces please contact EHS at 744-7241 or


Useful Links:

OSHA: Update General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection

OSHA: Walking/Working Surfaces

OSHA: General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards

OSHA: Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes

U.S. Access Board: Floor and Ground Surfaces