Survey: New walking-working surfaces training will impact most employers
By: Jennifer Stroschein
Publication: Employee Safety Management Today
Date Posted: 02/16/2017
A recent survey of 366 general industry employers conducted by J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc. indicated that nearly 80 percent of respondents will be impacted by the employee training requirements under new Subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces.”
Last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finalized a rule to prevent slips, trips, and falls in general industry workplaces. Among the new provisions is a requirement to train new and current employees. OSHA says that the training requirement is necessary because effective worker training is one of the most critical steps employers can take to prevent employee injuries and fatalities.
OSHA estimates that implementing the new Subpart D requirements, including the training provisions, will annually prevent nearly 30 fatalities and 6,000 injuries due to slips, trips, and falls.
Under 29 CFR 1910.30, employers must train – and retrain – employees who use personal fall protection systems and equipment, such as ladders, to:
- Recognize fall hazards in their work area;
- Minimize these fall hazards; and
- Correctly inspect, set up, use, maintain, disassemble, and store the systems and equipment provided to them for protection.
OSHA affords employers flexibility under the rule to tailor their training methods to the needs of their workplaces. The Agency says that different formats (e.g., classroom, demonstration, written, video) and technology (e.g., online, interactive computer-based, web-based) may be used. The training must, however, be developed or prepared by a qualified person and delivered in a manner each worker understands.
The deadline to conduct required walking-working surfaces training is May 17, 2017.
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