Facts About OSHA Warning Lines That You Should Know Of
What we will be doing in this article is that we will talk about what OSHA warning lines are and what sort of OSHA standards are defining and regulating the specifications these systems possess as used for construction fall protection. Bear in mind all the time that the safety of a workplace is everyone’s responsibility.
One thing about OSHA warning lines that we want you to know of is the fact that they are barriers erected on the roof to warn workers that they are nearing an edge or a roof side that is unprotected. In addition to that, we want you to know as well that these systems are used to designate areas wherein roofing works might take place without using net safety systems, body belt, or even guard rail to protect the workers in the area. In order for a warning line system to become OSHA certified, they have to follow these provisions:
It is vital and essential for OSHA warning lines to be installed all over the sides of the work area of the roof. If the pieces of mechanical equipment aren’t used, employers must make sure that OSHA warning lines are erected not below six fee from the edge of the roof. Conversely, if the mechanical equipment are being used, OSHA warning liness should still be installed less than six feet from the edge of the roof, and should be aligned to the course of the operation of the mechanical equipment, plus, it should not be less than ten feet from the edge of the roof and perpendicular to the operation of the mechanical equipment. When it comes to the access points, areas for storing, and areas where materials are handled, they have to be linked to the area of work using a path of access that is formed by joining two OSHA warning lines. If it so happen that paths to access points are not used, you have to place wires, chains, ropes, or any form of barricade with equivalent height and strength to warning lines, across the path at the point where the path cross the warning line installed around the work area. Another option would be is to offset the path so that an individual will not be able to directly walk into the area of work.
There are other provisions that warning lines systems must comply with like making sure that the warning lines are made up of chains, ropes, or even wires, to support stanchions that are installed. Regarding the wires, chains, and ropes, they have to be marked not above six foot breaks with materials that are highly-visible.
The bottom line here is that OSHA warning lines are essential because they offer a unique and special way of protecting the safety and security of workers who are dealing with unimaginable heights.