NEWS | January 28, 2017

Prepare Your Building for Compliance with New OSHA Rules


On November 17, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The new rule governs a wide variety of conditions, including fixed ladders, low-slope roofs, and rope descent systems. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems. Portions of the new rule become effective as soon as January 17, 2017, and will have significant ramifications for many buildings, particularly for buildings where window washing and other maintenance activities are completed via rope descent systems, which are sometimes referred to as boatswain's (or bosun's) chairs.

In this one-hour webinar, WJE experts summarize critical portions of the new rule and give an overview of facade access methods and equipment, relevant code provisions governing facade access, and responsibilities of building owners and managers.