Feature Story: Winter Safety

Brandy Kemp, Administrative Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety

Take it slow, take it slow, take it slow! Many of us have witnessed someone taking a nasty spill or slip, or have fallen victim to the same misfortune. A slip, trip or fall can come out of nowhere. Just a momentary distraction can end in a tumble-down the stairs, a trip over an uneven surface or slipping on the ice. 

You can take the following precautions to prevent an unwelcomed injury.


  • Immediately clean up any spills and find the source to prevent future incidents
  • Keep work areas clean of litter/hazards in walkways and halls
  • Close file cabinet drawers, cabinet doors and desk drawers when not in use
  • Remove or cover cables/cords in walkways
  • Quickly replace burnt-out light bulbs
  • Secure floor mats, rugs and carpets

Personal Prevention

  • Wear proper footwear for your environments. Footwear should be comfortable and fit well. If your footwear is not appropriate for all of your environments, consider wearing different shoes in each environment (dress shoes in the office and walking shoes on campus).
  • Pay attention when you walk. Many slips, trips and falls happen when we are distracted by our cell phones. It is easy to misjudge the height of a curb when you are looking at your phone.
  • Hold onto the handrail when walking up and down stairs. Remember to walk and do not run when using stairs.
  • Take the time to be careful. Change your speed to match your walking surface (wet, rough, icy, sloped, or cluttered).

Safety at work is everyone’s responsibility. Report any safety concerns to your building captain. You can find a list of building captains on the Facilities Management webpage.

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Brandy Kemp
Administrative Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety

Brandy Kemp is the Administrative Specialist for Environmental Health and Safety and an Ambassador for the Faculty/Staff Campaign for People and Culture.  Brandy is a UCO student pursuing a master’s degree in Adult Education.