Construction vs Maintenance: Understanding When OSHA Construction Rules Apply To Your Work

Webinar: ID# 1001822
About This Course:
Knowing when to apply general industry regulations or construction industry regulations can be tricky.

For instance, you might think of your organization as purely a manufacturing operation that must comply with the general industry safety regulations, 29 CFR 1910. But that assumption isn't always correct, because the way in which OSHA defines "construction" may actually change your compliance obligations when performing a specific task.

OSHA's working definition for construction work is "work for construction, alteration, and/or repair, including painting and decorating." So in most cases, the general industry standards would apply, but if you are performing construction, alteration, or repair activities, you may need to follow 29 CFR 1926, the standards for the construction industry.

Making the correct determination between construction and general industry is critical to ensure you are not out of compliance. These two regulated areas may differ greatly regarding rules on:
  • Fall protection
  • Confined space
  • Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Stairways and ladders
  • Illumination
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Eye washes
Join us on when our presenter, a seasoned safety consultant who advises clients in general industry organizations and in construction trades, will teach you how to determine when and how construction industry and general industry regulations apply to your organization, and how best to comply with the applicable requirements.

Learning Objectives:
  • Review and interpret the two areas of regulations being considered, CFR 1910 (general industry) and CFR 1926 (construction industry)
  • Assess why there are two sets of regulations with different requirements for specific areas of safety
  • Analyze OSHA letters of clarification and interpretation that have been issued
  • Identify how the regulations vary for key areas such as fall protection, confined space, ground fault circuit interrupters (gfci), personal protective equipment, stairways and ladders, illumination, fire extinguishers, and eye washes
  • Consider strategies for assuring compliance when the regulations present you with a gray area
  • Evaulate the potential impact of violations and penalties when you apply the wrong regulation
  • Respond to OSHA inspectors that you believe are incorrectly applying the regulations
  • Identify and evaluate outside resources to assist you in making the determination of what regulations apply to your organization
Register now to learn when and how construction industry and general industry regulations apply to your organization, and how best to comply with the applicable requirements.

About Your Presenter:

Shane Stuller, the Director of Site Services at Safety Resources, Inc. in Indianapolis, provides representation for owners and general contractors on various sized construction projects throughout the United States. Additionally, he provides safety consulting services to an assortment of clients spanning both general industry organizations and construction trades.

Stuller is an OSHA Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry and holds a Certificate in Safety Management from the American Society of Safety Engineers. He is also an active member in the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and serves on The Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS) Safety Directors Committee. Shane's published articles include: "The Cost of Overlooking Worksite Dangers", "Working in the Trenches: The Basics of Trench Safety", "Awareness is Key with Asbestos", and "Combustible Dust: Dangers and Methods of Protection" featured in Construction Executive magazine.
Continuing Education Credits:

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