Avoiding flooring hazards and complying with OSHA

June 19, 2019

Maintenance and engineering managers place a high priority on regulatory compliance and worker safety, according to an article from Facilities Maintenance Decisions on the FacilitiesNet website.

But the tasks technicians perform daily in institutional and commercial facilities present hazards, and despite managers’ best-laid plans, accidents happen, workers are injured, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) steps in.

OSHA requires that managers furnish “a place of employment which is free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.” This requirement means employers must identify and address workplace hazards, including hazards that workers encounter in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact. Workplace hazards include those associated with processes, environments, chemical hazards, radiological hazards, and mechanical irritants. 

Managers tend to overlook potential hazard that flooring represents, even though every employee, occupant and visitor comes in contact with it.

Read the article.

See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Interior Design

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

Ebola case confirmed in Congo city on Rwanda border

Case could signal a major escalation for the outbreak


Dangerous bacteria can survive disinfectant

Study suggests that UV light is an option for disinfecting, but it can be challenging to make sure all surfaces are fully exposed to the light


Irish hospitals struggling with infection control

Problems include a lack of isolation facilities, high occupancy rates and aging hospitals


BAS's role in facilities management

The BAS can assist FMs in promoting a safe, productive and efficient work environment


Dealing with contamination in recycling programs

Widespread contamination of the recycling stream has resulted in what many are calling a crisis in the U.S. recycling industry


Post Comment


News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.