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American Society of Safety Engineers Announce New Construction Safety Standard with Focus on Unprotected Holes, Sides and Edges

Posted in on Tue, Mar 27, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (March 27, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the approval of the new American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/ASSE A10.18-2007 standard. The standard, Safety Requirements for Temporary Roof and Floor Holes, Wall Openings, Stairways and Other Unprotected Edges in Construction and Demolition Operations, recognizes the need for protection of personnel from injury when exposed to hazards due to unprotected holes, sides and edges in construction and demolition operations.

ANSI/ASSE A10.18-2007 standard is one of a series of standards that focus on construction and demolition operations. It was approved by ANSI on March 23, 2007. The standard recommends rules and establishes minimum safety requirements for the protection of employees and the public from hazards that are associated with temporary roof and floor holes, wall openings, stairways and other unprotected sides and edges, roofs, during construction and demolitions activities. This standard applies only to those instances when the leading edge work is not currently under construction and is therefore considered an “unprotected side and edge”. ANSI/ASSE A10.18-2007 does not apply to scaffolds or scaffold stairs used as temporary access, steel erection or the application of membrane roofing materials.

ASSE serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on construction and demolition operations. The A10 standards serve as a guide to contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry.

“The safety of workers and the public around construction and demolition operations is our primary concern when developing the A10 standards,” said A10 Committee Chairman and ASSE Professional Member Richard King, CSP. “The ANSI/ASSE A10.18 standard was created to establish reasonable and practical safety requirements to protect employees and the public from falls due to temporary roof and floor holes, wall openings, stairways and other unprotected edges.”

The A10.18-2007 standard, Safety Requirements for Temporary Roof and Floor Holes, Wall Openings, Stairways and Other Unprotected Edges in Construction and Demolition Operations, will be available soon in both print and electronic format. For more information, contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or visit ASSE’s website.

Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.



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