Wednesday, August 13, 2008

ANSI / IWCA I-14.1-2001: an OSHA National Consensus Standard for Window Cleaning (Highlights)

The ANSI / IWCA I-14.1-2001 is an OSHA National Consensus Standard. It has been referenced in several OSHA CITATIONS (found elsewhere in this blog) -- buildings new and old need to meet the requirements of this standard. A few highlights (click title for more):

3.8 Fall protection, perimeter guarding, personal fall arrest systems … shall be provided for all work areas … that expose a worker to a fall hazard when approaching within 6 feet of an unguarded edge or skylight.

3.9 Building owners and window cleaning contractors shall not allow suspended work to be performed unless it has been determined that the building has provided, identified and certified anchorages

4.1.1 All buildings where window cleaning is performed that employ suspended equipment shall be equipped with roof anchorages or other approved devices which provide for the safe use of the equipment in conformance with the provisions of this Standard.

4.2.2 Existing buildings without the means and methods to safely clean its windows shall be provided such a system and/or employ methods complying with the provisions of this Standard.

5.9.3 It shall be the building owner, manager or operating agent’s responsibility to have the installation inspected on a regular basis in compliance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66.