- Make a conscious decision to be mindful of your environment.
- Distracted walking
- Do not talk/text while walking.
- Look out! Scan your path ahead to identify and avoid hazardous conditions.
- Strive to maintain your body weight evenly distributed over both feet while walking.
- Avoid quick changes in direction.
- Wear closed-toe, non-slip sole footwear.
- Avoid wearing flip flops, high heels and flats. They are generally flimsy, provide minimal support and typically have slick soles.
- Wear ice cleats if walking/working on icy surfaces cannot be avoided.
- Be aware of potentially slick walking surfaces such as tile flooring or painted surfaces which may be slippery even during dry conditions.
- Take extra caution when walking on surfaces with a change in elevation, such as sloped floors, steps or stairs.
- Use handrails on stairs to maintain 3-points of contact.
- Reroute your walking path as needed to avoid icy or wet conditions as much as possible.
- Do not forget to dry your feet at the entry of a building.
- Follow wet/slippery floor warning signs.
- Report hazardous flooring/walking surface conditions to your superior.
Stepstools and Ladders
- Always maintain 3-points of contact while on a ladder.
- Only use stepstools with a handrail to maintain 3-points of contact.
- DO NOT use a chair or other object in place of a stepstool or ladder to work at heights.
- Place large/bulky/heavy materials on lower shelves to avoid climbing with them in hand as much as practicable.
- Maintain walking paths free of materials (both solid and liquid).
- Schedule routine cleaning and maintenance to ensure your work area is well-organized and free of hazards.