• Public Affairs

  • ACOEM Supports Proposed OSHA Regulation to Reduce Workplace Slips and Falls

    August 23, 2010

    OSHA Docket Office
    Attn: Docket ID No. OSHA-2007-0072
    Technical Data Center, Room N-2625
    OSHA, Department of Labor
    200 Constitution Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20210

    RE: Comments on Proposed Rule – 29 C.F.R. § 1910.21, Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems)

    To Whom It May Concern:

    The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) welcomes this opportunity to provide comments on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment.

    ACOEM represents almost 5,000 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, disability management, research, and education.

    Injuries caused by “slips and falls” are one of the highest reported causes of workplace injuries, including in hospitals and medical centers. As such, ACOEM supports the objectives of the proposed regulation to reduce these injuries in all workplaces and specifically the requirement in Subpart D to perform hazard-assessments of walking and working surfaces.

    We urge OSHA to work toward a final revision of both the walking-working surfaces standards and the personal protection equipment standards that is more concise, and easy to understand and implement, and inclusive of new technology and industry methods.

    In summary, ACOEM believes that this rule will help to reduce injury and disability in American workers.

    Thank you for your consideration of these comments.

    Natalie P. Hartenbaum, MD, MPH, FACOEM