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Fall Hazard Awareness for the General Industry (4 hr.)

29 CFR part 1910 Subpart D Walking-Working Surfaces and Subpart I Personal Protective Equipment –Fall Protection Systems (4 hr.) 


This course covers the identification, evaluation, prevention and control of fall hazards in general industry. The course focuses on falls to a lower level rather than falls to the same level resulting from slips and falls. 


OSHA states that falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. 

OSHA estimates that, on average, approximately 202,066 serious (lost-workday)  injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually among workers directly affected by the final standard. OSHA’s final rule on Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems better protects workers in general industry from these hazards by updating and clarifying standards and adding training and inspection requirements.The rule affects a wide range of workers, from window washers to chimney sweeps. The rule incorporates advances in technology, industry best practices, and national consensus standards to provide effective and cost-efficient worker protection. Specifically, the rule updates general industry standards addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards (subpart D), and adds requirements for personal fall protection systems (subpart I).The rule benefits employers by providing greater flexibility in choosing a fall protection system. This rule became effective on Jan. 17, 2017. 

Course topics include:

• principles of fall protection, components and limitations of fall arrest systems; Demonstrations with Harnesses; • Lanyards, Self-retracting Lifelines, Anchor Points, etc.; • Tie-off Techniques; • Estimation of Free Fall Distance; • Application Limits; • Proper Anchoring; • Swing Fall; • Total Fall Distance to Prevent Striking a Lower Level; • Vertical and Horizontal Lifelines; • Elongation; • Deceleration Distance; • Equipment Inspection Process; • class A, B and leading edge srl’s; • swing fall and free fall distance.

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