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 OSHA’s new residential construction fall protection policy. More than 160 people attended the OSHA Residential Fall Protection Seminar, which was held at the Council’s 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 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".