The Fundamentals of Workplace Safe Surfaces

This 3 minute safety training video covers: What makes surfaces slippery, why walking surfaces become slippery, how to prevent walking and working surfaces hazards, what are the other surfaces that can create potential hazards, how to reduce the risks of a slip, trip or fall, how guarding works to prevent hazards, how to know the floor load capacity. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 18 minute full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

We depend on the surfaces that we walk and work on for a lot of things... to provide the support we need to position ourselves properly, to help us use our muscles efficiently, to keep our balance and do our work safely. But we often take their condition for granted, and that is a big mistake.

Year after year slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of on-the-job accidents. They cause almost 20% of disabling occupational injuries, and thousands of fatalities annually. Yet most of these accidents could have been prevented.

Atlantic Training's "Walking and Working Surfaces" training program identifies the hazards that are associated with different surfaces and provides the practical information and specific procedures employees need to help prevent slips, trips and falls on the job.

Topics covered include:

  • The Fundamentals of Workplace Safe Surfaces
  • The fundamentals of safe surfaces.
  • Walkways and floors.
  • Stairs and fixed ladders.
  • Portable ladders.
  • Scaffolding.
  • ... and more.

Video Transcript

A walking and working surface is any surface on which you do your work or get to your work or any surface on which you walk or work while you perform assign tasks. Most accidents to take place on these surfaces result from employees failing to load properly, blocking access with hazards and obstructions or ignoring some of the basic safety rules the end result is the same an accident causing injury or death. The ideal walking surface for your work is flat, level, dry and stable with no obstructions or holes to trip you and plenty of room to move around. If any of these conditions change, you’re more likely to lose your balance and fall. When your work takes you to a less than ideal surface you can reduce the risk of a fall by taking steps to maintain traction and balance. Traction is what keeps you from sliding across the surface, you’ll lose traction if you step on grease, wax, oil or spilled liquids or if you’re wearing wrong shoes. Clean up any spill immediately and call attention to wet surfaces with signs and barriers.