NEWS | May 29, 2017

Prepare Your Chicago-Area 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 that became effective on January 17, 2017, have significant ramifications for many Chicago buildings, particularly older, mid-rise structures in need of certified anchorages for rope descent systems and older high-rises without sufficient equipment to cover their access needs via suspended scaffold.

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