The term Fall Protection is widely used to describe many situations, hazards and associated training requirements. OSHA, ANSI, Certifications, Authorized, Competent, Qualified, training, standards, regulations, it all becomes a bit confusing and is widely known to have different interpretations. Our philosophy is this:
We provide safety training and consulting only. We do all we can to help you perform your job safer, quicker and more efficiently. We do not sell gear or engineering services and we do not compete with you on any contracts.
Different training companies have their own version of what all of these rules mean, usually making adjustments to fit their own interpretation of the rules. The length of training shall ultimately be determined by the employer, but it should be recommended that all climbers obtain a basic certification from a reputable 3rd party at a minimum but at least one worker on site have a higher level of knowledge in regards to rigging and rescue, such as our Advanced or Train-the-Trainer course.
There is a difference between a regulation and a consensus based standard. The Federal and State level OSHA Regulations are the Law and must be followed. ANSI Z359 is the most accepted consensus based standard in our industry although there are others ( SPRAT, IRATA, NFPA, NATE and more). It is not required to follow the consensus standards but very strongly encouraged. At the end of the day, OSHA stands for providing a safe work environment to employees and if ANSI has a more up to date method for safe work than OSHA people should be following it. OSHA will cite employers under Section 5A1( the general duty clause) indicating there was a recognized industry standard (such as ANSI) that was available and the employer chose not to follow it. Our training very closely follows ANSI along with other standards in the industry that we feel are the safest and yet most practical methods for working safely and efficiently. At Safety One, our instructors will provide you and your employees with a clear understanding of the differences between OSHA Regulations and Industry Standards, which has become a key issue for Safety Managers and Workers alike.
Safety One training meets or exceeds the requirements established by NATE (National Association of Tower Erectors) and American Tower Corp as well as all major telecom providers. We meet and exceed all applicable OSHA 1910 and 1926 regulations.