Falls. They happen in life and they happen at work. Are falls a concern to you or your workers? Do you regularly inspect walking-working surfaces? What have you been doing to correct and guard against hazardous conditions? Are you committed to a safe working environment at your company? Keeping current with legal changes is a crucial part of protecting people at work. Since OSHA published its final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces in November 2016, employers have been on notice of different changes that need to be made for all types of surfaces in general industry workplaces such as: • Floors • Stairs • Ladders • Ramps • Scaffolds • Elevated walkways This final rule also covers a wide variety of general industries, and although it does not change current agricultural or construction standards, these new standards are meant to more closely align with modern construction requirements. Keep in mind that there are different effective dates for different parts of this rule that apply to these different surfaces. So, staying on top of what you need to do, like changing equipment, is essential! Are you compliant? Read more about the changes by checking out 3M’s blog, Walking the Walk…Tips for Complying With the Final OSHA Walking-Working Surfaces Rules. http://workersafety.3m.com/walking-walktips-complying-final-osha-walking-working-surfaces-rules/ This informative blog includes the following helpful resources: o A short video that helps explain many of the walking working regulatory changes o A regulation summary prepared by the technical specialists at 3M o A helpful infographic that outlines many of the changes, which can be easily shared and even hung up to keep these changes top of mind Never underestimate the importance of assessing your work site for hazards and compliance gaps to help you build a culture of safety in your organization. Have a safe day!
Mike “Gonzo” Hess Verona Safety Sales Specialist Cell: 608-577-4045 Office: 866-458-8624 www.veronasafety.com