Durability + Design

Building Performance and Aesthetics

A Product of Technology Publishing
JPCL/PaintSquare | D+D | Paint BidTracker

Subscribe to D+D Magazine
Download Free eBook on Polishing Concrete

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


OSHA Again Delays Fall-Protection Rule

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

More items for Good Technical Practice

Comment | More

Residential contractors are being given yet another temporary reprieve in implementing a 2010 federal directive on fall protection.

In an effort to encourage greater compliance, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has extended the “temporary enforcement measure” period for its Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction (STD 03-11-002) to Dec. 15.

The directive requires employers to provide roofers and construction workers with fall-protection equipment whenever work is performed six feet or higher above the ground.

 The directive, published in December 2010, replaces fall-protection policies issued in June 1999.

 NAHB

The directive, published in December 2010, replaces fall-protection policies issued in June 1999.

The “temporary enforcement measures” include priority free on-site OSHA compliance assistance, penalty reductions, extended abatement dates, and increased outreach.

Fatalities from falls are the number-one cause of workplace death in construction, OSHA says.

Months of ‘Temporary Enforcement’

The directive on fall protection in residential construction was issued in December 2010 and replaces policies issued in 1999. The directive was to take effect June 16, 2011.

A three-month phase-in period was then implemented June 16, 2011, through Sept. 15, 2011.

Then, in September 2011, the agency began a period of “temporary enforcement” measures that was scheduled to close March 15, 2012. The temporary period was then extended until Sept. 15.

Last week, however, the agency said it would keep the measures in place until Dec. 15.

‘Common-Sense’ Approach

OSHA said that from March 1 to June 30 of this year, its Compliance Assistance Specialists (CASs) conducted 809 outreach activities related to residential fall protection.

From Oct. 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012, OSHA’s On-site Consultation Projects conducted 2,527 on-site visits, 438 presentations and 925 training sessions related to fall protection in residential construction.

OSHA said the agency was taking a “common-sense” approach to enforcement and would continue to work with employers to ensure understanding of, and facilitate compliance with, the new policy.

Protection Requirements

The directive requires that workers engaged in residential construction six feet or more above lower levels be protected by conventional fall protection (i.e., guardrail systems, safety-net systems or personal fall-arrest systems) or other fall-protection measures allowed elsewhere in 1926.501(b).

If an employer can demonstrate that such fall protection is infeasible or presents a greater hazard, the employer may implement a plan that meets the requirements of 1926.502(k)

Alternative measures must use safe work practices that eliminate or reduce the possibility of a fall, OSHA said.

The directive, details of the phase-in policy, a presentation, and other guidance materials are available here.

   

Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Construction; Fall protection; Health and safety; OSHA; Personal protective equipment; Residential; Roofing contractors; Safety equipment

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
KTA Analyzes
Coating Failures

• Field Diagnosis
• Lab Diagnosis
• Determination of Cause
• Recommendations
www.kta.com
800-245-6379


Arroworthy
ArroWorthy's Handcrafted Professional Brushes

One Dip of paint with our handcrafted semi-oval Rembrandt brush, you'll see why ArroWorthy makes a professional brush of unrivaled quality and performance.


SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings
http://www.sspc.org/

Join SSPC and Enhance
Your Career !


Dumond Chemicals Inc.
Watch Dog® Wipe Out
Porous Surface Graffiti Remover

is formulated to effectively and easily remove existing graffiti from porous/unpainted masonry surfaces 15-30 minutes without surface damage while being both safe for the applicator and friendly to the environment.


 Allied Construction Technologies, Inc.
No Jackhammers Required.

AC•Tech’s OBS™ treatment rescues old oily, contaminated concrete slabs and allows new coatings or flooring to be installed with confidence. 10-year warranty.


Sherwin Williams Company
Quality your customers can trust.

For more than 160 years, the Pratt & Lambert name has stood for quality, leadership and innovation in the paint industry.


BASF
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water:

Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films basf.us/industrialcoatings
polyorders@basf.com
800-231-7868

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE D+D:      Interact   |   Blogs   |   Resources   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   White Papers   |   Classifieds
GET D+D:      Subscribe   |   Advertising Media Kit
KNOW D+D:      About D+D   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2010-2014, Technology Publishing, Co., All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com