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|MEMORANDUM FOR:||ALL REGIONAL ADMINISTRATORS
|THROUGH:||LEO CAREY, DIRECTOR
OFFICE/OF FIELD PROGRAMS
|FROM:||THOMAS J. SHEPICH, DIRECTOR
DIRECTORATE OF COMPLIANCE PROGRAMS
|SUBJECT:||Compliance Advisory: Safety Requirements for Window Washing.|
The ASME has recently published a standard titled: Safety Requirements for Window Cleaning. The standard was adopted by ANSI on June 4, 1987, as ANSI/ASME 39.1-1987. This new standard provides criteria and requirements not previously available to OSHA and delineates the industry accepted practices for safely accomplishing the cleaning of all windows of all buildings. A copy is attached for your information and reference.
It is recommended that enforcement personnel, State plan States, and consultation personnel be informed of the new standard.