New OSHA Regulation that may affect your building
KEVCO Guides Clients Through OSHA Compliance Process
KEVCO has the latest news of OSHA’s changes to its final ruling on Walking-Working Surface Regulations that could affect you. On November 17, 2016, OSHA published the ruling to Walking Working Surfaces, which became effective January 20th, 2017 and must be met by both building owners and contractors. This final OSHA ruling affects equipment and buildings that do not currently have safe access. The ruling mandates buildings to include anchor systems when personal fall arrest systems, workers utilizing scaffolding or RDS (Rope Descent systems) are in use to provide services on a building. OSHA lays out guidelines for building owners to provide certifiable and identifiable anchor systems, personal fall protection to workers utilizing scaffolding and RDS (Rope Decent Systems) on a building. The mandate allows one year from the publication of the new regulation to become compliant. In total support of all guidelines, KEVCO is committed to safety as our #1 concern. To that end, we have instituted a POA (Plan of Action) to guide you through the process so that both you and your building are protected.
KEVCO is partnering with engineering consultants and anchor companies to facilitate solutions to assure your building is in compliance with the new OSHA regulations. We will be involved in all phases of development of the compliance plan- from pre-planning stages to the final installation of roof anchors should that be necessary. It is our commitment to provide the safest worksite possible for our employees and your building. KEVCO’s commitment and sole intent is to provide the safest, no nonsense resolution to protect our customers. While performing services for any of our clients, we will identify which buildings will be affected by the regulation and will then confer with our consultants and anchor companies on a comprehensive plan that will meet our clients’ needs. We understand that the timeline is short, but rest assured that this collaborative effort will provide the safest solution for all of you.
We look forward to helping you and your team through this transition process. Let’s all work together to provide the safest resolution to the new OSHA ruling. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. To read further about OSHA’s final ruling and to read BOMA’s statement and the IWCA (international Window Cleaners Association) position on the ruling, please refer to the valuable links below.
OSHA Regulation: https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces/index.html
BOMA Statement on New Regulation – www.boma.org/industry-issues/building-codes/Pages/Fall-Protection-Systems.aspx
IWCA (International Window Cleaners Association) Statement –
Position Statement on OSHA Walking Working Surfaces Subpart D.