- Well-documented housekeeping procedures. The CDC suggests creating a written housekeeping program.
- Two-step mopping. This technique, in which a cleaning solution is applied, then removed, is more effective than traditional damp-mopping and may reduce slipping hazards.
- Slip-resistant shoes. In persistently slick areas, workers should wear appropriate footwear.
- Correctly aligning pipes with the drain they empty into, unclogging drains regularly, and redirecting downspouts away from sidewalks.
- Replacing or restretching loose or buckled carpeting
- Removing, patching underneath, and replacing indented or blistered vinyl tile
- Eliminating trip hazards over a quarter-inch high in all areas of pedestrian travel, using beveling or ramps
- Replacing smooth flooring materials in areas normally exposed to water, grease, and/or particulate matter with rougher-surfaced flooring
- Making sure elevators are leveled properly so elevator floors line up evenly with hallway floors
- Patching or filling cracks greater than a half-inch wide in walkways
- Highlighting changes in elevation with Safety Yellow warning paint
- Eliminating concrete wheel stops in parking lots
- Covering or highlighting underground watering system structures
- Providing additional mats when needed
- Removing ice and snow from parking lots, garages, and sidewalks promptly
- Placing freezing weather warning monitors at entrances to employee parking areas
- Displaying contact numbers for the maintenance department so employees can report slick conditions
- Placing bins of ice-melting chemicals in outdoor areas of heavy pedestrian traffic
- Slip-resistant treads and nosing that cover the entire tread, especially on outside steps
- Handrails at an appropriate height (34 to 38 inches from the stepping surface)
- Handrails that extend the full length of the stairs plus 12 inches at top and one tread depth at bottom
- Using wall-mounted storage hooks, shelves, and hose spools
- Marking walkways and keeping them clear
- Covering cords on the floor with a beveled protective cover
- Using mats and runners large enough that users can take several footsteps on them, thereby cleaning contaminants off their shoes before the shoes contact the flooring
- Using beveled-edge, flat, and continuous or interlocking mats
- Replacing mats that are curled, ripped, or worn (secure edges with carpet tape if needed)
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