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NIOSH Testimony on Walking and Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) by J. D. Millar, November 19, 1990.
NIOSH 1990 Nov:3 pages
This testimony contains post hearing comments from NIOSH in response to requests from OSHA for additional information concerning walking and work surfaces and personal protective equipment. Several specific categories of workers affected by this rule have distinct training needs. These categories include workers using scaffolds, powered platforms, or other temporary structures; and workers using ladders or suspensions systems. NIOSH has already submitted a number of reports on the appropriate depth for stair tread risers. Descending travel on stairs does not appear to be affected by the open or closed condition of the risers. Studies do recommend a minimum tread depth of 11 inches. Anchor points or tether lines for safety lanyards should provide as much independent protection as possible from a failure of the climbing system. The anchor point should be secured in a stable configuration, it should be positioned so that the lanyard will function to keep the vertical height of a fall as short as possible, it should not be a trip hazard, and the worker should maintain as much mobility as possible.
NIOSH-Author; NIOSH-Testimony; Millar-J-D; Safety-measures; Construction-workers; Walking-surfaces; Accident-prevention; Personal-protective-equipment; Accident-analysis; Surface-properties; Safety-equipment;
NTIS Accession No.
Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment; Research Tools and Approaches;
NIOSH, 3 pages, 2 references
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