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OSHA

Buildings OSHA’s revised regulations on

‘Walking and Working Surfaces, & Fall Protection Systems’

1 

TESTING

Before any any service provider or employee utilizes any anchor points on a building, the building owner is required to provide written documentation that the anchors have been tested, certified, and maintained post installation.

2

CERTIFICATIONS

All anchorage points must be certified a minimum of once every 10 years by a person who has successfully demonstrated the ability to solve or resolve problems relating to the subject matter, the work, or the project.

3

ANNUAL INSPECTIONS

All anchorage points must be inspected annually. Before anyone uses a building's identified anchorage point, the building owner must also provide written documentation that  all of the appropriate inspection protocols have been completed.

4

ANCHORAGE REQUIREMENTS

Anyone using suspenden suspended access equipment at a building are required by OSHA to use the anchors in compliance with accepted safe rigging practices. OSHA references the I-14 Standards as its primary resource for defining what proper rigging requirements are necessary for use of Rope Descent Systems.

5

REQUIRED ASSURANCE- BUILDING OWNER/SERVICE PROVIDER

Building owners must provide written documentation to any service provider using a Rope Descent System on the building that all anchors points as a part of the system have been properly identified, inspected, certifies and tested.

Service provider are also required to give assurance that they are following certain requirements, such as formal training, assurances that portable equipment has been inspected prior to use, and emergency procedures are in place.

6

WORK PLANS

Document describing how the contractor will perform the job safely and within compliance with the standards and law. Both the building owner and service provider must be informed and agree on how the work will be performed.

7

FALL PROTECTION & FALL RESTRAIN SYSTE

OSHA considers a fall hazard as the area which is within 6 feet of any un protected side or edge of a walking or working surface that exposes a worker to a falla that is 4 feet or more lower level. When this condition exists, employers are required to provide a means of fall protection which can include a guardrail, safety net, fall restraint system or fall arrest system.

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