No one ever said understanding OSHA safety regulations was easy. It goes without saying, failure to understand what regulations apply to your team’s task list could be costly – in fines and accidents.
There are two basic categories of regulations that apply to fall prevention around roofing, windows and high staircases and walkways.
The first is the subcategory of regulations marked 1926, covering construction. And the second category, 1910, covers maintenance and what OSHA considers “general industry standards.”
Understanding the difference between the two can be a source of great confusion for operators. Fortunately, the two can be relatively easy to define, once you understand how OSHA looks at construction work.
Put simply, here is how the definitions work:
- 1926 Construction regulations cover any alteration that you make to your facility, whether that is new construction or repair including painting and decorating.
- 1910 Maintenance regulations cover daily operations, checking fittings, replacing filters and such that is regularly scheduled. Also, the larger the repair/maintenance operation, the more likely it is to be considered construction. For instance, if replacing all the windows along your roofline was part of a regularly scheduled maintenance when your facility turned 20 years old, it still would be considered construction, because of the scope of the project. So, when in doubt, apply the more rigorous standards under construction, and you should be covered.
If you would like to learn more about the OSHA safety regulations that pertain to the FIXFAST USA product lineup, you can find them here:
- OSHA GI 1910-27
- OSHA GI 1910-24
- OSHA GI 1910-25
- OSHA CFR 1926-10
- OSHA CFR 1926-28
- OSHA CFR 1926-501
- OSHA CFR 1926-502