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    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).