Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Fall Protection Standards and Construction Safety Standards

New ANSI Fall Protection Standards: What They Mean to You By Thom Kramer, P.E., CSP, Nolan Miller in OHSonline identifies the ANSI Fall protection standards and gives background information on the development of these important safety standards. You can download individual ASSE ANSI Z359 Fall Protection standards discussed in this article, and a complete collection of Z359 Fall Protection standards which contains all the individual standards in one convenient package.

In addition, ANSI has British Standards for Fall Protection, ASTM, CSA (Canadian), IEEE, DIN, ONORM (Austrian), AS (Australia) and ISO standards for fall safety.  The ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction Package is a comprehensive compliation of the individual ANSI/ASSE A10 series of  construction safety standards.

The ASSE A10 standards provide the safety requirements for scaffolding, steel erection, safety nets and fall protection. Demolition operation standards address debris net systems, rope-guided and nonguided workers' hoists, commercial explosives and blasting agents, digger derricks, rigging qualifications and hearing loss prevention. The requirements for the safety of the public near construction sites and the health and safety of employees in construction enviroments are also supplied in this package which includes more than 30 construction and demolition standards.

You may also want to read the Analysis of Construction Fatalities - The OSHA Data Base 1985-1989 that analyzes the causes of fatalities. Of the cases that OSHA reviewed in the study, 33% of construction fatalities were from falls from elevation. Fall Protection: Complete OSHA Regulations are available from Amazon in paperback. A representative group of construction safety standards are listed on the ANSI webstore.

5 comments:

  1. It’s an interesting facts mentioned in the post to know some facts. Safety is the main fact that construction superintendent has to take care of. One of the most significant things when it comes to construction safety is the usage of the right tools and clothing. Safety helmets, boots and gloves should be worn at all times.

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  2. Some great information here thank you very much, Fall Protection should never be underestimated especially in the construction business it's all to easy to make mistakes that are easily avoidable.

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  3. Construction safety management plan must be implemented, monitored and also must review the protective and preventative measures in order to minimize operational losses, occupational health problems, accidents and injuries.

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  4. Health and safety in the workplace is an issue that affects all businesses. Implementation of an occupational health and safety system has now been mandated by law in many countries. Introduction to OHSAS 18001 Training will help you to comply with the legislation and devise a system to ensure a safe environment in the workplace. It will also introduce a management system to help reduce the risk of accidents, litigation and downtime.

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  5. Seems like the construction site safety standards are updated 2-3x per year! Any more recent updates for 2012? Thanks!
    -Jon

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