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OSHA Safety Rules and EPA Lead Documents

OSHA Safety Rules and EPA Lead Documents

by Angie Stiegman and updated on 7/14/11

OSHA Fall Arrest

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Residential construction employers generally must ensure that employees working six feet or more above lower levels use
guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems. A personal fall arrest system may consist of a full body harness, a
deceleration device, a lanyard, and an anchor point. (See the definition of “personal fall arrest system” in 29 CFR 1926.500.)
Other fall protection measures may be used to the extent allowed under other provisionsof 29 CFR 1926.501(b) addressing
specific types of work. For example, 1926.501(b)(10) permits the use of warning lines and safety monitoring systems
during the performance of roofing work on low-sloped roofs.
OSHA allows the use of an effective fall restraint system in lieu of a personal fall arrest system. To be effective, a fall
restraint system must be rigged to prevent a worker from reaching a fall hazard and falling over the edge. A fall restraint
system may consist of a full body harness or body belt that is connected to an anchor point at the center of a roof by a
lanyard of a length that will not allow a worker to physically reach the edge of the roof




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