Monday, February 20, 2017

Fall Protection for Walking/Working Surfaces

There’s a new OSHA general industry standard for walking/working surfaces and fall protection. These new rules will cover all permanent places of employment, i.e., contractor shops, garage areas and general facility operations. New fall protection options are now available for employees who perform infrequent and temporary work on low-slope roofs and expect the phase-out of cages and wells for fall protection on fixed ladders over 24 feet.

Most of the rule will become effective 60 days (January 2017) after publication in the Federal Register, but some provisions have delayed effective dates, including:

  • Ensuring exposed workers are trained on fall hazards (6 months),
  • Ensuring workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained (6 months),
  • Inspecting and certifying permanent anchorages for rope descent systems (1 year),
  • Installing personal fall arrest or ladder safety systems on new fixed ladders over 24 feet and on replacement ladders/ladder sections, including fixed ladders on outdoor advertising structures (2 years),
  • Ensuring existing fixed ladders over 24 feet, including those on outdoor advertising structures, are equipped with a cage, well, personal fall arrest system, or ladder safety system (2 years), and
  • Replacing cages and wells (used as fall protection) with ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders over 24 feet (20 years).

Come learn how these rules affect your business; get up to date and don’t fall behind in compliance.

Students will receive a picture ID card and a copy of the new standard.

Member Price:
Open Class:   $175 per person
Private Class: $150 per person for 10 or more

Non-member Price:
Open Class:   $275 per person
Private Class: $235 per person for 10 or more

Next class is February 28, more dates:
March 20
April 17
May 15
June 19

Visit to register for an open enrollment class online or to schedule a private class please contact Callie Cordoba, Operations Manager at 708-449-8600x214.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Sponsorships are still available for the 2017 Construction Safety Conference

Join this unique opportunity to sponsor the Construction Safety Conference!

Download the Sponsor Form. 

Breakfast Sponsor Monday (4 available) - $250           
Breakfast Sponsor Tuesday (4 available) - $250               
Session Sponsor Monday (5 available, 1 sponsor per room) - $250               
Session Sponsor Tuesday (5 available, 1 sponsor per room) - $250    
You can sign up by emailing me directly at or mail/fax  form to:
Construction Safety Council, 4415 W. Harrison St., Suite 404, Hillside, IL 60162 ** Fax 708-449-8604

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program

OSHA's free On-site Consultation Program helped more than 27,000 employers create safer workplaces in 2016

On-site Consultation Program

Last year, 27,385 small and mid-sized U.S. businesses took advantage of OSHA's free and confidential On-site Consultation Program to remove workplace hazards and better protect their workers. The program primarily benefits small and mid-sized businesses – 57% of those helped last year had fewer than 26 employees. Priority is given to high-hazard industries, with more than half of all visits going to construction or manufacturing sites. In 2016, consultants identified and helped employers eliminate more than 140,000 total hazards, protecting an estimated 3.3 million workers from possible injury, illness or death.