The end of 2016 was busy with a regulatory update from OSHA on Walking-Working Surfaces and a new performance standard on Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems from ANSI/ASSE.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910 Walking-Working Surfaces (WWS) Rule and PPE Impact
On November 17, 2016, OSHA published its final rule on Walking and Working Surfaces. The final rule covers a wide variety of general industry entities, including building management services, utilities, warehousing, retail, window cleaning, chimney sweeping and outdoor advertising. It does not change construction or agricultural standards. Read the full summary here.
ANSI Z359.16 New Product Performance Standard - Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems (CLFAS)
This new standard received approval by the ASSE Board of Standards Review on November 2, 2016, it establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification testing, instructions for use, inspection, maintenance and storage, and removal from service of vertically oriented climbing ladder fall arrest systems consisting of flexible and rigid carriers with multiple attachment points and associated carrier sleeves for users within the capacity range of 130 to 310 pounds (59 to 141kg). Read the full summary here.