As OSHA shifts focus to enforcement, building owners need to understand new compliance requirements.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) include building owner compliance requirements under a general duty clause.
A new Window Cleaning Safety Standard holds building owners responsible for ensuring that worker safety and public protection standards are in compliance for window cleaning procedures in all buildings three stories and higher.
Buildings without appropriate anchor point for suspended work are non-compliant. Building work surfaces must be retrofitted with certified anchor points before any work can begin. Moving forward, new buildings three stories or higher design plans must have these anchor points.
For worker protection, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved IWCA I-14.1-2001 holds building owners, property professionals, and window washing contractors responsible for:
- Providing written documentation from a professional structural engineer that roof anchors are certified to withstand the expected load,
- The documentation of maintenance and inspection of any permanent equipment being used for window,
- Maintaining Manufacturer Instructions on all equipment including the load ratings, limitations, and intended use,
- Ensuring that window cleaning contractor own equipment attached to any part of the building, is inspected to ensure that the anchor point will hold the expected load.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also holds building owners responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. Read more at CSGCARES BLOG.