2017 Fall Protection Regulations for General Industry-Don't Fall Behind!

Duration: 60 Minutes
This year, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule to update standards regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment (PPE). The presentation will convey information on Prevention through Design, fall prevention techniques and fall protection solutions. Participants in this session will gain a greater awareness of common fall protection issues and best practices. The webinar will provide information that will help you keep your safety program compliant.
2017 Fall Protection Regulations
Instructor: Keith Warwick
Product ID: 502245
The final rule applies to all general industry workplaces and covers all walking-working surfaces, unless an exemption applies. The final rule updates existing general industry requirements for walking-working surfaces. It also specifies the criteria these systems must meet to be in compliance with OSHA regulations.

Objectives of the Presentation
  • Learn the changes taking place and how they affect the way they comply with OSHA's Fall Protection Regulation
  • Receive guidance on how to comply with OSHA's new directive that rescinded its Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction
  • Understand how a written site-specific fall protection plan is used, including examples of circumstances where it may be warranted
Why should you Attend
OSHA's newly released final rule will make substantive changes to existing fall protection requirements for general industry.

The rule, which covers slips, trips, and falls (i.e., walking and working surfaces) in the general industry workplace, is expansive. It covers not only floors, but also potential falls from ladders, scaffolds, towers, outdoor advertising signs and similar surfaces where accidents could result in serious injury or death.

The rule has been under development since 1990. The goal of this updated rule is to protect workers from falls, a leading cause of work-related injuries and fatalities, by establishing requirements for personal fall protection systems. The rule is also intended to increase consistency between construction, maritime and general industry standards and eliminate any duplication. As a result, the final rule requires equipment and procedural changes in millions of workplaces across the United States.

Join the session with our expert Keith Warwick to discuss and analyze the changes that come along with OSHA's newest rule revisions.

Areas Covered
  • The key differences between existing standards and the new requirements
  • Practical explanations of the changes to the rules and how they affect your business
  • Deadlines and new regulatory changes that must be implemented now and on an ongoing basis.
  • Inspection, documentation, and training requirements
  • Details regarding acceptable fall protection (personal protective equipment) options
  • Best practices for incorporating these changes to your business operations with the least amount of impact
  • What enforcement initiatives are likely to result from OSHA's adoption of the new rule
  • What to do now to prepare for the November 17, 2017 and November 17, 2018 compliance deadlines for:
    • Permanent anchorages for rope descent systems
    • Installation of personal fall-arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections
Who will Benefit
  • Manufacturers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Company and Facility Health and Safety Managers
  • Warehouse Workers
  • Maintenance Mechanics
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Professionals
  • EHS Engineers/Managers
  • Loss Prevention Personnel
  • Human Resource Coordinators and Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • General Managers
  • Legal Counsel
  • Safety Committee Members
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Production Supervisors
  • Plant Engineers
  • Construction Employees
  • Construction Foreman etc
  • Skilled Trades Technicians
  • Millwrights
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters
  • Boiler Engineers
  • Industrial Operators
  • Carpenters
  • Welders
  • Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) Professionals
Topic Background
Within the past decade, fall prevention violations are No. 1 on OSHA's list of most-violated construction standards, and they often result in tragic outcomes for workers and cost businesses a substantial amount of money and damage to their reputations. It is fair to say that the indoor industrial work environment - including factories, warehouses and manufacturing plants - also can harbor fall hazards. Such settings create numerous opportunities for tripping, slipping and falling, thanks to greasy floors, damaged steps, clutter and uneven walking surfaces.

It is easy to take shortcuts and let your guard down for a second or two. However, as an employer, it is important to understand fall safety practices to ensure that not only your facility is compliant with OSHA standards, but also to create a safe, fall-free working environment for your employees.

Regrettable events can happen to anyone and any business at any time. Taking chances in safety practices is simply not an option, especially when you are responsible for dozens of lives. The sooner you start establishing and implementing fall safety guidelines within your organization, the better prepared you are in protecting your workers and your business from tragic accidents.
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Instructor Profile:
Keith Warwick, PE earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of California at Davis. He became a California Professional Engineer in 1983 and has also held PEs in Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois and New York. He has 34 years of civil, environmental and safety engineering experience. He is a professor at Yuba College in Marysville California and instructor at the University of Washington, and has significant experience teaching engineering, safety and related subjects. He has conducted several hundred construction, environmental and safety walk-throughs and audits. He is the author of Arcadia Publishing's, "California's Highway 99: Modesto to Bakersfield".
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