Emergency Department » Slips/Trips/Falls


The urgent atmosphere, high traffic and compact treatment spaces in the ED increases the risk for slips, trips, and falls.

Wet floors, electrical cords running across pathways, and/or emergency equipment or supplies blocking passageways are all hazards.

Requirements under OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces Standard, 29 CFR 1910.22

  • Keep floors clean and dry. [29 CFR 1910.22(a)(2)]
  • Keep aisles and passageways clear and in good repair, with no obstruction across or in aisles that could create a hazard. [29 CFR 1910.22(a)]

Other OSHA Requirements

Follow Bloodborne Pathogens Standard spill clean-up requirements for spills containing blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) [29 CFR 1910.1030].

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