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OSHA Grease Trap Hazard Fact Sheet


Grease Trap Hazards

Many businesses use grease traps (also known as grease interceptors) as part of a waste management system to prevent sewer system blockages from accumulated waste fats, oils, and greases. Workers can be injured if they trip or fall into a grease trap that is not properly covered. In some cases, grease traps may also be permit-required confined spaces and can present life-threatening hazards if entered into without safeguards in place. To prevent such hazards and potential injuries, employers must ensure that grease traps are properly covered, and that covers are adequately secured.


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