Walking Safely on Ice and Snow

OSHA provides excellent information to protect you from hazards. Snowy and icy conditions can make routine tasks challenging. Help prevent accidents by following OSHA's recommendations:

To prevent slips, trips, and falls, clear walking surfaces of snow and ice, and spread deicer, as quickly as possible after a winter storm.

To reduce the likelihood of injuries:

  • Wear proper footwear when walking on snow or ice is unavoidable, because it is especially treacherous. A pair of insulated and water resistant boots with good rubber treads is a must for walking during or after a winter storm. Keeping a pair of rubber over-shoes with good treads which fit over your street shoes is a good idea during the winter months.
  • Take short steps and walk at a slower pace so you can react quickly to a change in traction, when walking on an icy or snow-covered walkway.
  • Make safety your first priority, in inclement weather only travel or or go outside when necessary.

Visit OSHA's website for more weather-related safety tips: OSHA

Help make Wright State safe:

  • Call Physical Plant at 775-4444, as soon as possible, to report slippery or wet walking surfaces -- inside or outside.
  • Find alternate routes that have been cleared.
  • Complete Wright State's Accident Injury Report when you trip or fall or almost trip or fall.

Contact our office with your safety concerns: (937) 775-2215 or ehs@wright.edu