Slips, Trips and Falls

Walkway Safety & Walking-Working Surfaces

Slips, trips and falls cause the majority of general industry workplace accidents and cost employers billions of dollars each year in lost productivity and business. The good news is that many of these injuries can be prevented by following the OSHA walking-working surface regulations and adopting safe work practices.

While falls from elevated locations to lower levels represent the greatest danger, even falls on sidewalks and in hallways can cause serious injuries like bone fractures. Walking while distracted, such as using a handheld electronic device, increases the risk of injury.

While falls are more likely to occur in some environments compared to others, falls can happen anywhere and at any time. Employers and employees alike can make a difference in helping to prevent injuries and fatalities from slips, trips and falls.

OSHA regulates slips, trips & falls under Subpart D, "Walking-Working Surfaces." These requirements apply to all general industry workplaces. It also covers all walking and work surfaces within these workplaces regardless of operations, including floors, aisles, stairs, ladders, platforms, roofs, etc.

Under these regulations, employers are required to identify and evaluate slip, trip and fall hazards and provide appropriate personal protective equipment, conduct regular and periodic inspections and maintenance of all walking and work surfaces in their workplace, and provide training that enables employees to recognize the hazards of falling and the procedures to be followed to minimize these hazards.

This can be a real challenge for employers, but these requirements provide critical steps in reducing or eliminating slip hazards, trip hazards and fall hazards in your workplace.

Want to learn more? Download our Walking-Working Surfaces: OSHA Takes Major Steps to Overhaul Slips, Trips, and Falls Standard Whitepaper for a more detailed overview.

When must employers comply?

The majority of the new requirements under Subpart D were effective January 17, 2017; however, a few of the deadlines are different. See below for important compliance dates.


Understand the Requirements

Inspection Checklists for General Industry Manual

Inspection Checklists for General Industry Manual

Catch potential OSHA violations before the government does with the Inspection Checklists for General Industry Manual. You’ll get the print and online edition, plus 1-year update service.

OSHA Manuals

OSHA General Industry Manuals

Both OSHA General Industry Manuals offer explanations of OSHA workplace safety regulations, including a new section on the Walking-Working Surfaces Rule. You’ll get the print and online editions, plus 1-year update service.

OSHA Compliance Industry-Specific Manuals

OSHA Compliance Industry-Specific Manuals

Each industry-specific manual has been developed for different industries (transportation, retail, healthcare & warehousing) to aid in OSHA compliance. You’ll get the print and online editions, plus 1-year update service.

Workplace Safety Manuals

Workplace Safety Manuals

Get the information you need to correct potential OSHA violations and maintain a safe and compliant workplace with these workplace safety manuals. You’ll get the print and online editions, plus 1-year update service.

J. J. Keller® Safety Management Suite

J. J. Keller® Safety Management Suite

Replacing our previous safety solution, KellerOnline®, SMS provides safety management system tools and applications to help drive performance, reduce risk and ensure compliance.

Workplace Compliance Newsletters

Workplace Compliance Newsletters

Get up-to-date OSHA safety and compliance news with the workplace compliance newsletters.

Comply with the Requirements

Walkway Safety Training

Walkway Safety Training

Learn about walkway safety and how to recognize and prevent falls from the same level with the Walkway Safety training program.

Slips, Trips and Falls General Industry Training

Slips, Trips & Falls Training for General Industry

Learn about the Walking-Working Surfaces rule & how to comply, including OSHA ladder & fall protection requirements with many training programs in multiple formats.

Fall Protection PPE

Fall Protection PPE

Protect your workers from potential workplace hazards with our broad selection of Personal Protective Equipment, including fall protection harnesses, limiters, lanyards and more.

Strengthen Your Compliance Program

J. J. Keller® Walking-Working Surfaces Compliance Assessment

Walking-Working Surfaces Consulting Services

Let our experts customize and deliver on-site regulatory guidance and safety improvements through Walking-Working Surfaces Compliance Assessment and Walking-Working Surfaces Training Services. Ensure compliance with hazard assessments and training specific to your organization.

Slips, Trips & Falls Charts/Posters

Slips, Trips & Falls Charts/Posters

Help employees identify slip, trip & fall hazards and prevent and respond to workplace injuries with awareness posters and charts.

Slips, Trips, and Falls Signs

Slips, Trips and Falls Signs, Labels & Tags

Communicate safety messages with signs, labels & tags indicating slip hazards, trip hazards and fall hazards. Plus, choose from thousands of other safety signs, or create your own custom sign.

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Did you know?

The revised Walking-Working Surfaces Rule affects more than 100 million workers and approximately 6.7 million workplaces, including:

  • Manufacturing
  • Warehousing
  • Utilities
  • Oil & gas extraction
  • Retailers
  • Offices
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