Does your company perform work on roofs with slopes of 4-in-12
(18 degrees) to 8-in-12 (34 degrees)? If so, you need to know about
the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) recent
decision to rescind a 15-year-old directive that allows slide guard
use in certain residential roofing applications.
Cancellation of STD 03-00-001, "Interim Fall Protection
Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction," became
effective in December 2010 with enforcement delayed until June 16,
2011. As a result, roofing contractors will have to implement
conventional fall-protection methods for most residential roofing
The use of slide guards was allowed under the original directive
for fall protection for roofing work on residential roofs with
slopes of 8-in-12 (34 degrees) or less and eave heights of 25 feet
or less. Conventional fall protection, such as guardrails, safety
nets or personal fall-arrest systems (PFAs), was required for roof
heights exceeding 25 feet or roof slopes greater than...
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