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Slide 10

Slide 10


    Title: Significant Changes in the Residential Fall Protection Policy
    Type: Text Slide

    • Under the new directive employers must follow 1926.501(b)(13)
    • 1926.501(b)(13) states ... workers "engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above lower levels shall be protected by guardrail systems, safety new system, or personal fall arrest system."
    • ... or, by alternative fall protection measures allowed under 1926.501(b) for particular types of work.
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    Speaker Notes:

    Basically, the new directives simply states that all employers must protect their workers who are engaged in residential construction 6 feet or more, above lower levels by conventional fall protection systems (guardrail systems, safety net system, or personal fall arrest system).

    ... or, by other fall protection measures allowed under 1926.501(b) for particular types of work.

    Gone are the special alternative procedures allowed under the old directive for certain residential construction activities.
    • Slide guards or safety monitor systems were allowed in lieu of conventional fall protection without first demonstrating infeasibility or the creation of a greater hazard.
    The new directive has not outlawed the use of slide guards or safety monitors.
    • Now, employers must first demonstrate that it is infeasible to comply with the provisions of the standard, or that it creates a greater hazard.
    • Then they can use those systems as part of a written, site-specific fall protection plan that meets the requirements of 1926.502(k).
    More simply put, all employers doing residential construction must now comply with 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13).
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