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OSHA Fall Protection Training Requirements for Contractors

Posted by Mark Paskell on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 08:48 PM

OSHA Fall Protection training must be provided by contractors prior to exposing workers to fall hazards of 6 feet or more above a lower level. This requirement is clearly stated in the OSHA Standards. 1926.503 - Training requirements. When you hire someone new you can not let them go up on heights 6 feet or more above a lower unless they are trained and the training has been certified by a competent person.

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Many contractors have questions on what is really required when it comes to meeting the training requirement of SubPart M. For your information I am providing the training standard right out of the OSHA Standard so you can check to see if your training program meets the standard. If your program falls short for whatever reason you will now know what you need to do.

If you need help setting up a training program for your workers we can assist you and provide training for your men in one of our open session trainings or a private training for your team at your location. Do want to train your guys or write the plan contact me?

Important fact about workers and sub contractors: OSHA says Employers must provide a safe and healthy workplace for all workers on their job sites. This includes employee workers and sub contractor workers. It is recommended that you make sure your subs are compliant with OSHA Safety Standards. If they are not, you the general contractor can be cited for a violation fined with them.

OSHA Required Training Program That Must Be Given To Workers BEFORE They Are Exposed To Fall Hazards.

1926.503(a) "Training Program."

1926.503(a)(1) The employer shall provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards.

1926.503(a)(2) The employer shall assure that each employee has been trained, as necessary, by a competent person qualified in the following areas:

1926.503(a)(2)(i) The nature of fall hazards in the work area;

1926.503(a)(2)(ii) The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection systems to be used;

1926.503(a)(2)(iii) The use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection to be used;

1926.503(a)(2)(vi) The correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and materials and the erection of overhead protection; and

1926.503(a)(2)(vii) The role of employees in fall protection plans;

1926.503(a)(2)(viii) The standards contained in this subpart.

1926.503(b) "Certification of training."

1926.503(b)(1) The employer shall verify compliance with paragraph (a) of this section by preparing a written certification record. The written certification record shall contain the name or other identity of the employee trained, the date(s) of the training, and the signature of the person who conducted the training or the signature of the employer. If the employer relies on training conducted by another employer or completed prior to the effective date of this section, the certification record shall indicate the date the employer determined the prior training was adequate rather than the date of actual training.

1926.503(b)(2) The latest training certification shall be maintained.

1926.503(c) "Retraining." When the employer has reason to believe that any affected employee who has already been trained does not have the understanding and skill required by paragraph (a) of this section, the employer shall retrain each such employee. Circumstances where retraining is required include, but are not limited to, situations where:

1926.503(c)(1) Changes in the workplace render previous training obsolete; or

1926.503(c)(2) Changes in the types of fall protection systems or equipment to be used render previous training obsolete; or

1926.503(c)(3) Inadequacies in an affected employee's knowledge or use of fall protection systems or equipment indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite understanding or skill.

Now you know you need to have a training program, written plan, train your workers, certify the training and keep the records of the certification on file and up to date.

If you are not sure where to start or don't want to tackle the project you can contact me and I will help you get the job done and take the project of your mind.

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