Saturday, February 1, 2014

OSHA Fall Protection Requirements - General Industry

When I conduct OSHA 10 and 30-hour training classes, most students seem to know that Federal OSHA requires some form of fall protection for employees working at heights greater than four (4) feet in General Industry (1910), and at heights over six (6) feet in Construction (1926). However, many of them are unaware that there are numerous other OSHA standards requiring fall protection at other heights; some are lower, some are higher, and some only apply (or do not apply) in certain situations.
So in this month's blog I decided to provide an overview of the most prevalent Federal OSHA 1910 General Industry standards requiring some form of fall protection when employees are working at various heights (next month I'll list the 1926 Construction standards) so that, should you come across one of these scenarios, you'll be up to speed on the actual OSHA requirements.