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On March 2, 2011, the Chicago Regional Office; the Aurora, Calumet City, and Chicago North Area Offices; and the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters (the Council) presented a training seminar on OSHAs new residential construction fall protection policy. More than 160 people attended the OSHA Residential Fall Protection Seminar, which was held at the Councils Training Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. The seminar was focused on presenting the policy changes, meeting the new requirements, writing fall protection plans, establishing training programs and solving different safety scenarios.

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters represents more than 10,000 carpenters in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Thomas Kavicky, Assistant to President for Safety/Government Operations, commented, Its great to hold an event like this prior to when the enforcement directive becomes effective so that the companies can plan ahead

In the morning, Josh Moore, a Certified Safety Professional from the Aurora Area Office, presented an interactive training session. Members of the Council had set up a full-size mockup (see the figure below) so that attendees were able to view fall protection equipment in use. In addition, one fall protection provider presented a video of drop tests using trusses as anchorages.

In the morning, Josh Moore, a Certified Safety Professional from the Aurora Area Office, presented an interactive training session. Members of the Council had set up a full-size mockup (see the figure below) so that attendees were able to view fall protection equipment in use.

The seminar was designed to allow time for the contractors and workers to discuss the changes. The topics that generated the most questions and discussion included exposure time vs. correction time, first person up and exemptions to put up the fall protection, fall protection methods for gable roofs, and a definition of "residential construction".

During the afternoon, representatives from the OSHA Offices discussed enforcement issues, best practices, and OSHA updates with carpenters and contractors. For more information, contact John Newquist.

As of April 2012.