OSHA regulations require employers to provide their employees with fall protection when an employee works 6 feet or higher above a floor and there are unprotected sides or edges. Examples of work situations requiring fall protection are: roofs, excavations, holes, hoist area, ramps, runways and other walkways.


Compliance with OSHA 1926.


Departments must ensure employees have proper training and equipment plus ensure their employees use the fall arrest equipment provided.


There are several methods available to meet the standard based on the work situation. Using guardrail, fall arrest systems, a monitor, safety net or warning line system are acceptable methods to achieve compliance. The elements cited are highlights from the standard. You can get more complete criteria by calling Environmental Health & Safety (515-6871).

1. Guard Rails

2. Fall Arrests

3. Safety Monitor 4. Safety Net

5. Warning System


The employer shall train each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards. The program shall help employees recognize the hazards of falling and the procedure to follow to minimize these hazards.

1. The employer shall assure each employee has training by a competent person qualified in the following areas:

2. The employer shall document the training.

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