Advances in Fall Protection: Guidance & Regulation for General Industry-ANSI Z359, Proposed OSHA Subpart D & I, and More

Webinar: ID# 1001255
About This Course:
A leading cause of worker-related injury and death comes from employees slipping, tripping, or falling from work surfaces such as floors, platforms, portable and fixed ladders, stairs, and ramps.

Employees may be exposed and unprotected from these hazards or may have a protection system in place but are using that system incorrectly.

To combat the threats of slips, trips, and falls that employees across industries may face, OSHA has published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on subparts D and I of 29 CFR 1910, which contain occupational safety standards for general industry. OSHA believes the proposed rule will substantially reduce work-related injuries and deaths.

Since consensus standards have a way of becoming the benchmark - and in some cases incorporated into law - companies need to pay attention to them as they begin to lay to the best practice for a given area.

The proposed regulations involves a new mandate for fall hazard surveys. In proposed subpart I, related to fall protection personal protective equipment, specific language requires employers to identify all fall hazards related to work tasks and locations that put workers at risk for a fall.

While this has always been the case for other types of hazards where PPE is required, it is now explicitly required for fall hazards. Companies should begin to look closely at the regulations to determine how they could impact their organizations, what changes will be required in existing fall protection programs, and if a proposed change actually looks feasible, consider implementing prior to regulation finalization.

Learning Objectives

Join us for an in-depth webinar where you'll learn how to evaluate your existing programs to determine improvement opportunities based on best practices, ANSI Z359, Version 3, and the proposed OSHA rules.

You and your colleagues will learn:

  • The typical slips, trips, and fall accidents to be aware of, and the common causes of those types of incidents
  • Proactive assessment methods to identify slip trip and fall hazards
  • OSHA's current requirements for a compliant fall protection program
  • An overview of ANSI Z359, Version 3 and the proposed OSHA Subpart D and I rulemaking
  • The practical impact of the new ANSI guidance and OSHA's potential regulatory updates on your fall protection program design
  • What are some key opportunities for improving your Fall Protection Program based on industry best practices and selected components of ANSI Z359, Version 3 and the proposed OSHA Subpart D and I rulemaking
  • How can you best identify and evaluate outside resources to help you establish a world class process

About Your Speaker:

Chip Darius is founder and president of Safety Priority Consultants, LLC, established in 2000. Over the course of the past13 years the company has provided training and consulting in occupational safety &health, OSHA compliance, and safety management systems for clients in numerous states from coast to coast. He is an experienced litigation consultant and expert witness in safety-related matters and also has served as safety advisor for the Connecticut Business &Industry Association.

Mr. Darius holds certifications as a Certified Walkway Auditor Safety Specialist, an Occupational Health &Safety Technologist (OHST), a Certified Environmental, Safety &Health Trainer (CET), a Certified Instructional Technologist (CIT), Certified Safety &Health Official (CSHO), Forklift Safety Technician (FST), and Machine Safeguarding Technician. He earned BS and MA degrees from the University of Connecticut, where he has also served as Adjunct Faculty.

He is a member of the National Environmental, Safety &Health Training Association (NESHTA), author of 3 guidebooks, and designer of more than 200 specialized courses in safety and trainer development. He holds certificates from the OSHA Training Institute, National Safety Council, Construction Safety Council, National Fire Protection Association, and others.

Chip has presented on-site training, conference presentations, keynotes, and seminar programs in numerous states, Canadian provinces, and foreign countries. He presented on fall protection at the 2011 National Safety Council Congress in Philadelphia, PA. From 2002 to 2005 he also served as a principal member of a National Fire Protection Association technical committee on Emergency Service Organization Risk Management (NFPA 1250).

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