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ASSE Releases Several New Safety Standards

Friday, March 13th, 2015

The American Society of Safety Engineers has released several new safety standards, including: ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses; ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2014 Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest & Rescue Systems; ANSI/ASSE Z359.15-2014 Safety Requirements for Single Anchor Lifelines and Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest Systems; ANSI/ASSE A10.24-2014 Roofing Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs; and ANSI/ASSE A10.44-2014 Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) for Construction & Demolition Operations. You can find ASSE’s official announcement, and links to the standards, at: http://ow.ly/KgfJW

SPRAT Publishes Updates to Section 4 of Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Have you considered certification as a rope access technician? The Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians recently published updates to Section 4 of Certification Requirements for Rope Access Work. You can download a free copy at the Standards page of SPRAT’s website (http://sprat.org/publications/standards/). PMI’s training arm, Vertical Rescue Solutions, periodically hosts certification sessions, as well as classes designed to help you achieve certification. For a list of upcoming classes, visit http://www.verticalrescuesolutions.com/courses/rope-access-sprat/.

Standards | SPRAT

Standards publications for the association, including safe practices and certification…

Are You Concerned About the Future of Fall Protection or Rope Access Standards in the US?

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Are you concerned about the future of fall protection or rope access standards in the United States? If so, consider attending the next meeting of the ANSI Z359 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) for Fall Arrest/Protection on October 28-30, 2014 in Chicago. Pre-registration is required – check http://lnkd.in/b4zjnJV for more information.

Z359 COMMITTEE MEETING | American Society of Safety Engineers


OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910 Fall Protection UPDATE

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

PMI testified recently at a four-day OSHA Hearing regarding proposed revisions to the Walking-Working Surfaces standard (Subpart D) and addition of a new Subpart I for Personal Fall Protection Equipment Criteria. In the hearing, OSHA heard testimony from a wide variety of respondants, some of whom petitioned for significant limitations on rope based work at height, and some of whom petitioned for a broader acceptance.

SPRAT, AWEA, and some private companies testified on behalf of the viability and benefits of rope access, but there was also significant representation from the scaffold industry and employee representatives who seek to restrict rope work. In her testimony, PMI Vice President Loui McCurley specifically requested that work on rope be regulated separately from suspended scaffold regulation (which is where it resides in the proposed regulation), and that it not be restricted to window cleaning (which is how the proposed regulation currently reads). Instead, we petitioned OSHA to incorporate performance oriented language to define the goals and capabilities for rope access systems and qualifications of practitioners, regardless of the industry in which rope access is practiced.

OSHA estimates that within 14 days the hearing transcripts should be available in the public docket (Docket No. OSHA-2007-0072) at http://www.regulations.gov.

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