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There are a variety of standards written on fall protection (a complete list is provided at the bottom of this page), but we are going to focus on which standards relate to general industry because Rigid Lifelines’ systems are primarily sold to applications classified as general industry. The most important regulations for general industry are OSHA law and the nationally recognized Fall Protection Code ANSI Z359 that OSHA does reference as a requirement of compliance under OSHA’s General Duty Clause.

  1. OSHA Fall Protection Code 1910.66 App C (Federal Law)
  2. ANSI Fall Protection Code Z359 (Nationally Recognized Safety Standard)

OSHA law is available free online at—OSHA 1910.66 App C- General Industry Fall Protection Law

ANSI fall protection standards are available for a nominal fee from a variety of online resources. Some links are provided for your convenience—ANSI Z359 Code through ANSI.org or ANSI Z359 Code through techstreet.com.

NOTE: General industry must follow the OSHA fall protection laws defined in OSHA 1910.66 App C. However, for people new to fall protection, or people who are responsible for implementing a fall protection program within their company, the most important Fall Protection Code is ANSI Z359.2 “Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.” The ANSI fall protection standard Z359.2 (released November 2007) clearly defines all the duties and responsibilities that OSHA will require from an organization using fall protection. Furthermore, ANSI Z359.2 clearly defines issues that are not clearly defined within OSHA law, such as hazard analysis, rescue plans, and anchorage requirements for fall protection systems and work positioning systems. To review, the most important standard for the safety of your employees is ANSI Z359.2; the most important standard for federal law compliance is OSHA 1910.66 App C.

A great free reference for all fall protection professionals is the definitions section of ANSI Z359. This comprehensive list of terms and definitions is available free from ASSE.org. Click this link for a free download of Z359.0 “Definitions."

Construction Industry

The most important fall protection regulations for the construction industry are OSHA law and the nationally recognized safety standards ANSI A10 and ANSI Z359 that OSHA could reference as a requirement of compliance under OSHA’s General Duty Clause.

  1. OSHA 1926 Subpart M App C (Federal Law)
  2. ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code (Nationally Recognized Safety Standard)
  3. ANSI A10.32 Construction Fall Protection Standard

OSHA law is available free online at—1926 Subpart M App C- Construction Industry Fall Protection Standard

ANSI fall protection standards are available for a nominal fee from a variety of online resources. Some links are provided for your convenience—ANSI Z359 Code through ANSI.org or ANSI Z359 Code through techstreet.com.

ANSI A10 standards are available online at—ANSI A10.32

NOTE: The construction industry must follow OSHA fall protection laws defined in OSHA 1926 Subpart M App C. However, for people new to fall protection, or people who are responsible for implementing a fall protection program within their company or organization, the most important Fall Protection Code is ANSI Z359.2 “Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.” The ANSI standard Z359.2 (released November 2007) clearly defines all the duties and responsibilities that OSHA will require from an organization using fall protection. Furthermore, ANSI Z359.2 clearly defines issues that are not clearly defined within OSHA law, such as hazard analysis, rescue plans, and anchorage requirements for fall protection systems and work positioning systems. To review, the most important standard for the safety of your employees is ANSI Z359.2; the most important standard for federal law compliance is OSHA 1926. The construction industry’s specific fall protection code is ANSI A10.32.

A great free reference for all fall protection professionals is the definitions section of ANSI Z359. This comprehensive list of terms and definitions is available free from ASSE.org. Click this link for a free download of Z359.0 “Definitions."

Comprehensive List of ANSI and OSHA Fall Protection Related Standards

  • ANSI Z359—Fall Protection Code Package Version 3.0
  • ANSI Z359.0-2012—Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest
  • ANSI Z359.1-2007—Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components
  • ANSI Z359.2-2007—Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program
  • ANSI Z359.3-2007—Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems
  • ANSI Z359.4-2013—Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components
  • ANSI Z359.6-2009—Specifications and Design Requirements for Active Fall Protection Systems
  • ANSI Z359.7-2011—Qualification and Verification Testing of Fall Protection Products
  • ANSI Z359.12-2009—Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems
  • ANSI Z359.13-2013—Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • ANSI Z359.14-2014—Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems
  • ANSI A10—Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations
  • ANSI Z117—Confined Spaces
  • ANSI Z535—Safety Signs and Colors
  • OSHA 1910.66 App C—Fall Protection for General Industry
  • OSHA 1926 Subpart M App C—Fall Protection for General Industry
  • OSHA 1918—Long Shoring industry

Definition of Terms Used in Fall Protection