The Difference between ANSI and OSHA Fall Protection Standards
OSHA Standards are the Minimum Standards for Safety
OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, sets the minimum standards for fall protection. OSHA regulations are rarely revised or modified. Their standards require industries to have the appropriate fall protection systems properly installed for workers facing fall hazards. OSHA standards also require the users of fall protection equipment to be properly supervised, use safe work procedures, and have training in the proper selection, use and maintenance of all fall protection systems.
Going Above and Beyond ANSI Standards will make You Best-In-Class
ANSI (the American National Standards Institute) standards do not constitute governing laws and are frequently updated and improved. These standards were made to give companies the resources to go above and beyond the safety standards and further reduce potential fall injuries and fatalities. They also help save businesses millions of dollars in lawsuits and worker’s comp payments resulting from falls. The ANSI Z359 fall protection code, introduced in 2007, addresses safety requirements for personal fall arrest systems, subsystems, and components of the fall protection equipment being used in general industry. This code covers 17 Fall Protection related standards to ensure your business and workers are operating with the utmost safety around fall hazards.