OSHA's final ruling on Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Systems
updates ladder safety, Competent and Qualified Persons responsibilities,
- Workers exposed to fall hazards or who use fall protection equipment must receive Fall Protection training by May 2017.
- Permanent building anchorages must be inspected and certified by the end of this year.
- Existing fixed ladders over 24 feet must have fall protection installed by the end of next year.
- All job sites with construction work above 6 feet require fall protection.
- All work at less than 6 feet from the edge of an unprotected roof regardless of height requirements a conventional means of protection.
- A warning line is required at 6 feet from an unprotected edge to warn workers.
- Fall protection on existing fixed ladders greater than 24 feet will be required by 2018.
- Ladder safety systems or personal fall arrest systems are required on new fixed ladders greater than 24 feet.
- All fixed ladders greater than 24 feet must have ladder safety systems by 2036.
- Guardrails for both general industry and construction work require a height of 42 inches and openings cannot be greater than 19 inches.
- Chains are no longer allowed to close access openings.
- Repairs to structural integrity of walking-working surfaces must be done by Qualified Persons
- Training of workers must be done by Qualified Persons- previously, Competent Persons were permitted to train workers
- Knot inspections on lifelines must be done by Qualified Persons
View Online Training for Fall Protection - Competent Person
Job site Assessment Updates:
Assessment of fall hazards on job sites is now a requirement. Employers must:
- Determine whether hazards are present
- Communicate to employees if hazards are present and select appropriate personal protective equipment for employees to ensure proper fit
- Coordinate with entities to assess hazards for multi-employer sites
- Document the completion of assessments
To learn more about fall protection program and other OSHA training courses, visit Zack Academy's website. To read the ruling in full, visit OSHA's publication.