The New OSHA 1910 Regulations — What do they mean for you?

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The New OSHA 1910 Regulations — What do they mean for you?

You may have heard by now that OSHA has updated its 1910 General Industry regulations regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment. These new regulations went into effect on January 17, 2017. What are the changes and what do they mean for you? It can seem a bit overwhelming as there are many changes in the regulations (which is a 513-page update), so our friends over at Guardian Fall Protection pulled together a list of the most impactful updates and what they mean for you. You can check out Part 1 of their guide HERE and Part 2 HERE.

One of the most wide-ranging change is the addition of personal fall protection systems and safety nets as an option for protecting workers from falls. By expanding the standards to allow more options to protect the worker, OSHA will allow employers and workers to use the system that they feel will protect them the best and is most suitable for the specific situation.

With the new regulations, training is huge. Workers will be even more knowledgeable about fall protection hazard identification and mitigation with new training standards.

Another big change affects fixed ladders. All existing ladders taller than 24′ must have a cage, well, ladder safety system or personal fall arrest system in place by November 19, 2018. There are a lot of changes when it comes to ladders, so be sure to stay ahead of the game and check out the changes HERE.

Rope descent systems and anchorages are also addressed in the new regulations. OSHA now requires that before use, “the building owner must inform the employer, in writing, that the building owner has identified, tested, certified, and maintained each anchorage so it is capable of supporting 5,000 pounds in any direction.” Somewhere around 487,500 buildings will require annual inspections and decennial certification. Make sure your anchorages have been inspected and certified!

This is just a small snapshot of the OSHA changes, be sure to check out Guardian’s breakdown of new regulations. If you have any questions, give your account manager a call!

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Fall Protection – Three Key Areas

“Falls” and “Struck by Object” were the top two OSHA standards violated in FY2014.  They accounted for 386 total deaths in construction in CY 2013 and are considered top two of the “Fatal Four” (falls, struck by object, electrocutions and caught –in/between).  Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save the lives of 478 U.S. workers each year.1 Because of this, Fall Protection is one of the top 10 OSHA company citations.

How can you avoid a citation or accident? Our Safety team can help coordinate the inspection of your fall protection equipment through industry leading manufacturer partners to make sure your OSHA’s safety requirements are current.

We offer access to a large network of industry manufacturer professionals that can provide a variety of safety assessments and training for your company and employees. We can help coordinate a review of your safety equipment to aid you in determining what products, services or recommendations you might need to reduce employee risk.

Let’s take a moment to review the current OSHA Fall Protection regulations.

OSHA, a government agency that regulates safety requirements for companies, has required safety for individuals that work at heights.

  • OSHA 1910 Regulations: for general industry, requires that anyone who works more than 4 feet off of the ground are required to wear fall protection.
  • OSHA 1926.501 Regulations: for construction, requires that anyone that works more than 6 feet off of the ground are required to wear fall protection

In this post, we highlight three key areas of fall protection: training, inspection and fitting.

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French Gerleman can help coordinate fall protection training for your company through industry leading safety manufacturers such as 3M. Training covers the proper donning of equipment, prior to use inspections, and proper care and maintenance of equipment.

OSHA requires an annual inspection of all fall protection equipment. Over time this equipment can become damaged and it is important to replace or update equipment as needed.  Schedule annual inspections of body harnesses, connection devices and anchor points to ensure all products are functioning as intended.


Fall protection equipment should fit correctly.  Make sure every employee is fitted properly for maximum safety and to increase adoption of your fall protection program.

If you are interested in learning more about any of these important safety considerations, call 800-333-3122 and ask to speak with a member of our safety team.