Standard Interpretations - Table of Contents|
| Standard Number:||1926.500(a) ; 1926.501(b)(10); 1926.502(f)(2)|
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This subpart sets forth requirements and criteria for fall protection in construction workplaces covered under 29 CFR Part 1926. Exception: The provisions of this subpart do not apply when employees are making an inspection, investigation, or assessment of workplace conditions prior to the actual start of construction work or after all construction work has been completed. [Emphasis added.]With regard to fall protection requirements applicable to the construction work itself, §1926.501(b)(10) (low slope roofs) requires conventional fall protection, a combination of a monitoring system and warning line, or on roofs of 50 feet or less in width, a monitoring system alone (i.e., without a warning line) be used. Under the standard, the requirement for fall protection for this work does not depend on the duration of the fall hazard exposure.
[I]f inspections are made while construction operations are underway, all employees who are exposed to fall hazards while performing inspections must be protected as required by Subpart M.1 Therefore, apart from inspections, the Agency in the rulemaking rejected short duration of the exposure as an exception to the fall protection requirement for construction work.
(1) A warning line is used 15 feet or more from the edge (or nearest edge of a hole);2 If you need additional information, please contact us by fax (202-693-1689) at: U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Office of Construction Standards and Guidance. You can also contact us by mail at U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, Office of Construction Standards and Guidance, Room N3468, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210, although there will be a delay in our receiving correspondence by mail.
(2) The warning line meets or exceeds the requirements in §1926.502(f)(2);
(3) No work or work-related activity is to take place in the area between the warning line and the hole or edge; and
(4) The employer effectively implements a work rule prohibiting the employees from going past the warning line.
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