OSHA requires that all building owners must have the roof anchors inspected and certified annually (OHSA Part 1910.66), to ensure a safe workplace for any worker that uses the anchors to access work areas.

Safety & OSHA

Due to the highly specialized nature of a fall protection systems, OSHA requires that at least, a twelve-month review must performed by a qualified person.  (OHSA Part 1910.66).

OSHA Regulations Regarding Re-certification

All parts of the equipment incorporating control frameworks needs to be inspected, and, tested by a capable individual at interims specified by the manufacturer/supplier, not to surpass 12 months, to verify that they are in a safe working condition. Parts subject to wear, for example, wire ropes, bearings, harnesses, and anchors ought be examined or inspected to verify that they have not worn to such a degree as to influence the safe operation of the installation. 1910.66(g)(2)(ii)

The building owner / manager should keep a certification record of every inspection and test required under passages (g)(2)(i) and (ii) of OSHA. The certification & inspection record shall incorporate the date of the inspection, the signature of the individual who performed the certification, and the number, or other identifier, of the building structure and equipment which was inspected. This inspection record/certification needs be kept promptly accessible for audit & review. 1910.66(g)(2)(iii)

ANSI Regulations Regarding Re-certification of Fall Protection Devices

Dynamic fall protection systems shall be exclusively looked into by a engineer at a frequency to be determined by the original design or comparatively qualified engineer  not to surpass five years. Z359.6-2009 4.6.5

FAQ’s on Fall Protection, Inspections and Load Testing:

Q: When should anchors be inspected?
A: Annually. OSHA 1910.66(g)(2)(ii)

Q: Do anchors need to be re-certified after re-roofing or renovating?
A: Yes! See ANSI WCA I

Q: After 10 years, do I need to re-certify anchors?
A: Yes! See ANSI WCA I

Q: Where can I go to get more information about OSHA regulations?
A: OSHA Standards or call (425) 250-1044 to speak to one of our specialists.

Q: When is Fall Protection required?
A: Any heights over 6 feet (in Shipbuilding, 5 feet) OSHA 1926.500

Q: Is the building owner required to keep record of each inspection and have it readily available?
A: Yes OSHA 1910.66 (g)(2)(i) & (iii)

Q:At what distance should a warning line be erected from all unprotected sides or leading edges?  A: 15 Feet from all unprotected sides WAC 296-155-24609(4)(iii)


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