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Preventing Slips & Falls


It is easy to prevent falling accidents. Employees should always follow good housekeeping practices and pay attention to their environment to avoid slips and falls.

In addition, employees should follow these guidelines:

  • Turn on office lights. Ensure that passageways are adequately lighted.
  • Avoid horseplay.
  • Avoid unnecessary haste. Do not run in work areas.
  • Use ladders or step-stools to reach high places.
  • Never climb onto a chair, drawer, or shelves.
  • Never stand on the top step of a ladder.
  • Keep hallways and stairwells neat and free of obstacles.
  • Remove items that may pose a potential slipping hazard.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they occur.
  • Never obstruct your view when walking.
  • Do not wear clothing that is too long or shoes that have slippery heels or soles.
  • Hold the handrail when using stairs.
  • Be careful when walking on wet surfaces or when entering a building while wearing wet shoes.
  • Report uneven surfaces, such as loose or missing floor tiles, to Facilities for repair.
  • Arrange office furnishings in a manner that provides unobstructed areas for movement.
  • Keep stairs, steps, flooring, and carpeting well maintained.
  • Ensure that glass doors have some type of marking to keep people from walking through them.
  • Clearly mark any difference in floor level that could cause an accident.
  • Secure throw rugs and mats to prevent slipping hazards.
  • Do not place wastebaskets or other objects in walkways.

Revised May 2011
Reviewed November 2014