OSHA has implemented a new Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) with the stated goal of reducing injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from height. As a part of this program, OSHA released a Compliance Guidance document for Residential Construction back in December that will go into effect June 16, 2011. Although Rope Access workers are not typically engaged in Residential Construction work, this directive may affect some of our members who are engaged in the installation of antennae, repairs & maintenance, or other construction-related activities on single family homes. It may also be interesting to note that this instruction does give some insight into OSHA’s mindset, in that they specifically reference the use of a written, site-specific Fall Protection Plan. The written, site-specific Fall Protection Plan is consistent with SPRAT Safe Practices, and should be part of any rope access job.
You can find OSHA’s new Compliance Guidance Document for Residential Construction at: http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=DIRECTIVES&p_id=4755