When is Rope Access Safe to Perform?
By Gus Strats – Summit Anchor Company, Inc. September 5th, 2023
Edited by – Keisha Winston
What? WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: When is Rope Access Safe to Perform?
Rope access and rope descent systems are a transportation method used by workers to perform a variety of tasks as diverse as window cleaning to rescue operations throughout the USA and the world. When may it be considered safe?
- Learn what training and qualifications OSHA requires to perform rope access work safely.
- Identify the equipment OSHA requires to perform rope access work safely.
- Understand the anchorages OSHA requires building owners to have in place before a rope descent system can be used at their property.
What is the VPPPA? According to VPPPA website: https://www.vpppa.org/about/
The Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association, Inc. (VPPPA) is the leader in helping worksites achieve continuous improvement toward their occupational safety and health goals. VPPPA members are champions of safety and health excellence, experiencing fewer workplace fatalities, injuries, and illnesses. VPPPA members, at more than 2,200 worksites, strive for the continued betterment of their workplace culture to ensure every worker makes it home safely.
Comment: The VPPPA supports their members becoming part of OSHA’s voluntary protection program.
WHAT IS THE OSHA VOLUNTARY PROTECTION PROGRAM? According to OSHA’s website: https://www.osha.gov/vpp/
The Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) recognize employers and workers in the private industry and federal agencies who have implemented effective safety and health management systems and maintain injury and illness rates below national Bureau of Labor Statistics averages for their respective industries. In VPP, management, labor, and OSHA work cooperatively and proactively to prevent fatalities, injuries, and illnesses through a system focused on: hazard prevention and control; worksite analysis; training; and management commitment and worker involvement. To participate, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo a rigorous onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. Union support is required for applicants represented by a bargaining unit. VPP participants are re-evaluated every three to five years to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.
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