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Slip, trip, and falls account for many injuries every year. Good housekeeping practices can help reduce these injuries and can keep your workers safe.

  1. PPE is key. Remind employees to wear their personal protective equipment (PPE), especially personal fall protection equipment when working at heights of 4 feet or more in General Industry. In addition, if you’re workplace is known for slippery surfaces, ensure employees use slip-resistant or waterproof footwear.
  2. Keep it clean. Keep walkways clean and clear of debris, including oil, tools, and waste. Make sure aisles and passageways are clear of obstructions that could create a hazard. For example, ensure hoses, cords, or tubes are clear of walking spaces. In addition, make sure all doorways, exits, fire protection equipment, eyewash and shower stations, and panels are free from obstruction.
  3. Get a grip. Remind employees to use handrails around work areas that are prone to slips, trips, and falls.
  4. Good repair. Tell employees to report damaged or unsafe stairs and handrails. If they use ladders, ensure they inspect them prior to use, and take them out of service if there is any damage, such as damaged rungs or bent rails.