The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's)
construction industry regulations contain a number of provisions
designed to ensure worker safety—personal fall-arrest systems
(PFAs) and personal protective equipment (PPE) are two
In some regulations, OSHA states the criteria equipment must
meet to be compliant. Consensus standards, such as those developed
by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), are cited in
other regulations as benchmarks for employers to follow when
selecting equipment for workers to use.
Some OSHA regulations reference earlier ANSI standards the
agency has not yet updated to more current versions. Newer ANSI
standards applicable to PPE, for example, generally set out
stricter test protocols, equipment design features and other
manufacturing requirements for PPE used to protect workers. Many
manufacturers also have introduced problem-solving, innovative
products that can make OSHA compliance more readily achievable and
enhance worker safety.
It is important to note OSHA does not test, approve, certify or
endorse any equipment or product. Those who market safety and
health products often mistakenly state their products are
"OSHA-approved" when, in fact, the agency does not have such
authority or capability. It is acceptable for a company to market a
product as being "OSHA-compliant" if it has performed the necessary
testing under requisite conditions to verify a product meets
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