OSH professionals use the standard to evaluate existing fall protection controls from elevated walking and work surfaces. According to Maynard, the best way to use the standard is to assess current risk of falls posed by elevated surfaces, determine whether current fall protection controls are sufficient to significantly reduce or eliminate the exposure and, if not, implement the controls described in the standard.
'The content of the standard is fairly wellaccepted," he explains. The bulk of the work of updating the standard involved crystallizing fundamental best practices, modernizing those points and making the standard more accessible for practitioners. Maynard says the new layout of the standard will feature increased specificity and a more logical layout flow.
'The revision that we're working on is quite ágnificant," he says. "The content is presented in a more logical, orderly fashion and provides more direct assistance to those who are looking for the elimination or reduction of elevation fall risk. I think overall it is going to be a much better standard than the previous version."
Addressing the Overlooked
Maynard says few standards address specialized workplace stairway design. He notes that while it is common practice to rely on
Many standards on stairway design are relative to egress stairs such as the
"In an industrial workplace you would have stairway systems that might be designed to access a mezzanine, for example, or access some sort of elevated platform," Maynard says. "This is the most current information available on the topic. This is the most updated consensus from stakeholders."
The Value of Perspective
The committee tasked with revising the standard is "an outstanding cross section of users of this standard," Maynard says, noting that the committee includes safety professionals and a wide array of industry stakeholders. Having an expansive set of perspectives working on the standard is key to the final product being well rounded, Maynard says. "This standard, in my view, probably has more cross-sectional input into its content than others in the past; in that regard I think it is a great revision," he says.
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