Few employees may ever take notice of a freshly cleaned, well-maintained floor. Unfortunately, too few also tend to notice uneven surfaces that cause trips or spilled materials that can make floors slippery. That’s one of the reasons why it’s up to employers to make sure that these types of hazards are eliminated.
Formal, written floors safety plans are not specifically required under the OSHA standard. Plans are, however, a way to show compliance with the requirements to inspect and maintain walking-working surfaces [29 CFR 1910.22(d)]. In some facilities, they are a stand-alone plan. In others, they are sometimes combined with, or incorporated into existing good housekeeping or sanitation plans.