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Regulations and Standards

There are a variety of standards written on fall protection (full list at the bottom of page), but the most important regulations for general industry are OSHA law and the nationally recognized Fall Protection Code ANSI Z359 that OSHA could 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 on the internet via link - 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 someone new to fall protection, or someone who is responsible for implementing a fall protection program within their company, the most important Fall Protection Code is Z359.2 “Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program”. The ANSI fall protection standard Z359.2 (released Nov., 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 generally not fully defined within OSHA law, such as hazard analysis, rescue plans, and anchorage requirements for fall restraint systems and work positioning systems. To review, the most important standard for the safety of your employees is 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 Z359. This comprehensive list of terms and definitions is available free from ASSE.org. Click link for free download of Z359.0 “Definitions”

Construction Industry:

The most important regulations for the construction industry are fall protection 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

OSHA law is available free on the internet via link- 1926 Subpart M App C- Construction Industry Fall Protection

ANSI fall protection and ANSI fall arrest standards are available for a nominal fee from a variety of online resources. The ANSI standards are being updated every year. As standards are updated, links to the new standards will be published on this website. 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 and OSHA fall arrest laws defined in OSHA 1926 Subpart M App C., however, for someone new to fall protection, or someone who is responsible for implementing a fall protection program within their company or organization, the most important Fall Protection Code is Z359.2 “Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program”. The ANSI standard Z359.2 (released Nov., 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 generally not explicitly defined within OSHA such as hazard analysis, rescue plans, and anchorage requirements for fall restraint systems and work positioning systems. To review, the most important standard for the safety of your employees is Z359.2; the most important standard from a federal law compliance perspective is OSHA 1926. The construction industry specific fall protection code is A10.32.

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

Comprehensive list of ANSI & OSHA fall protection related standards:

Definitions of terms used in Fall Protection:

Click link for free download of OSHA Definitions
Click link for free download of ANSI Z359.0 Definitions (more comprehensive list)

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