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OSHA Rule Update - Flooring and Mats

January 27, 2017

On January 17, 2017 OSHA published a new update on walking and working surfaces. Walking and working surfaces include any surface on which employees perform or gain access to their job duties. According to the OSHA Law Blog, these additions will address standards specific to slips, trips and falls in the work place. It is reported that one out of every six slip/trip/fall accident leads to lost time away from work; and of those injured in a slip/trip/fall, 31 days of work on average will be missed. This problem has become a 70-billion-dollar issue for employers. This OSHA rule was updated to reflect current industry practices and improve the overall well-being and safety of workers and employers. OSHA estimates that this update will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually. OSHA contends that many slips, trips, and falls can be prevented and has devoted several years to assembling and analyzing information directed at eliminating and preventing hazards that cause these slip/trip/falls. This update is intended to give employers flexibility to decide which protection method works best for them in their daily operations. It also states that a qualified person needs to be utilized to address deficiencies in walking and working surface safety. This person is required to identify existing or potential hazards which may be dangerous to employees. Once put into place, 112 million workers at seven million worksites will potentially be protected by this update. According to Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, at this time OSHA is very focused on slips, trips and falls and the dangers they pose; Dr. Michaels states that OSHA is also very focused on musculoskeletal and ergonomic enhancements in the workplace. This is the perfect time to bring in a matting expert! With this new update coming into effect, it is important to make sure your facility is prepared for this update and has all of your flooring and matting compliant with the new rule; we can help you with that! Our mats are National Floor Safety Certified. They are designed to resist curling and slipping and were created to provide maximum relief to anyone performing a stand-up job/ task. Our staff can help assess your current floor and mat situation and help you choose the best products for your business. Let us be your one stop shop for assessing your current floor and matting situation and sourcing any new products that you need. Contact us today!

 

 

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