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Written by HazWoper Safety Consultant, Chuck Gluck
Every year many employers caution employees to be careful due to ice on the ground (What many media call "black ice"). The hazard is often not seen and workers get injured every year from what OSHA, calls "slips, trips, and falls". Most people do not understand that the danger of getting hurt is real and we all must pay attention to the danger. I myself have fallen on ice, though I fortunately did not have a long term injury.
Businesses are required to survey their locations for these dangers. Under OSHA's General Duty Clause, employers are required to provide a safe work environment. If people are falling and getting hurt, you are not doing the safe thing.
It is easy to locate these hazards. Wherever there is water, you will have ice. But in Tennessee, we have "water" in the air all the time (humidity) so we have to be extra careful when the weather turns cold. There are many products on the market to rid yourself of the hazard. It is up to you, though, to make sure that these chemicals cause no long-term damage.
We at CIS want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.