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Preventing Slips and Falls

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It is easy to prevent falling accidents. Employees should always follow good housekeeping practices and pay attention to their environment to avoid slips and falls. In addition, employees should follow these guidelines:

  • Turn on office lights. Ensure that passageways are adequately lighted.
  • Avoid horseplay.
  • Avoid unnecessary haste. Do not run in work areas.
  • Use ladders or step-stools to reach high places. Never climb onto air, drawer, or shelves.
  • Keep hallways and stairwells neat and free of obstacles.
  • Remove items that may pose a potential slipping hazard.
  • Clean up spills as soon as they occur.
  • Never obstruct your view when walking.
  • Do not wear clothing that is too long or shoes that have slippery heels or soles.
  • Hold the handrail when using stairs.
  • Be careful when walking on wet surfaces or when entering a building while wearing wet shoes.
  • Report uneven surfaces, such as loose or missing floor tiles, to the Physical Plant for repair.

24. Smoking

The United States Surgeon General and the Environmental Protection Agency have determined the following:

  • Breathing secondary smoke causes various diseases and allergic reactions in healthy non-smokers.
  • Separating smokers and non-smokers within the same air space does not eliminate exposure to environmental tobacco smoke for non-smokers.
  • Tobacco smoke and secondary tobacco smoke are Class A carcinogens.

To promote a safe, healthy, and pleasant environment for employees, students, and visitors, TAMUS-HSC has instituted a smoke-free policy.

SMOKING POLICY: All HSC facilities, buildings, and vehicles, regardless of location or ownership, must be entirely smoke-free. This includes all foyers, entryways, classrooms, restrooms, offices, athletic facilities (indoor and outdoor), eating areas, and university-owned/leased housing.

25. Visitor Safety

Employees must take special care to ensure visitor safety. This is particularly important when bringing visitors to potentially hazardous areas such as construction sites or laboratories.

IMPORTANT: Office visitors should be escorted; worksite visitors should be escorted, supervised, and monitored. Do not bring children to the workplace. If a visitor is injured, be sure to report the occurrence to the component safety office and the Director of Administration after attending to the injury.