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American Society of Safety Engineers Announce NEw Fall Protection Program Standard

Posted in on Thu, Apr 26, 2007

Des Plaines, IL (April 26, 2007) — The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the approval of the new American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/ASSE Z359.2-2007 standard. The standard, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, recognizes the need for organizations to protect workers from fall hazards in the workplace. It is the first in a series of five standards that have been sent to ANSI for approval.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007 standard is the first approved standard in a series of standards that focus on fall protection and related systems. It was approved by ANSI on April 23, 2007. The standard establishes guidelines and requirements for an employer’s managed fall protection program including policies, duties and training; fall protection procedures; eliminating and controlling fall hazards; rescue procedures; incident investigations; and evaluating program effectiveness.

The purpose of the standard is to help organizations develop and implement a comprehensive managed fall protection program that identifies, evaluates and eliminates, or controls, fall hazards through planning, proper training, proper installation and use of fall protection and rescue systems, and implementation of safe fall protection and rescue procedures.

“The committee is very excited about the recent approval of Z359.2-2007, which is the first in a family of five standards that have been sent to ANSI for approval,” said Z359 ASC Chair Randall Wingfield. “This is an important development in fall arrest protection because there has been no change to the fall arrest/protection consensus standards in 20 years, yet falls remain one of the top four causes of on-the-job fatalities. The current approved standard, the four additional standards sent to ANSI for approval and the 12 additional fall protection standards in process make up the framework for a future comprehensive fall protection code.”

ASSE serves as the secretariat for the Z359 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) on fall protection and related systems. There are currently four additional Z359 standards submitted to ANSI for approval: Z359.0, Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest; Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components; Z359.3, Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems; and Z359.4, Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components. The Z359 ASC is also currently working on a comprehensive fall protection code that will include 12 additional standards for release sometime in 2008.

The Z359.2-2007 standard, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program, 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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