Learn How You Must Protect Workers on Chicago Real Estate Job Sites

July 18, 2011

Metro Chicago real estate professionals: Do you know about the changes to the OSHA Residential Fall Protection Guidelines?

Under the new policy, employers engaged in residential construction anywhere in the country must now comply with 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13).

Unfamiliar? Then you might want to attend a local informational seminar this week that will explain the new regulations, which took effect June 16 and are designed to reduce the number of falls on job sites.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency that enforces safety and health legislation, has changed the guidelines that have been in place since 1995.

Now, employers must provide conventional fall protection systems for all employees working in residential construction activities 6 feet or more above a lower level.

The new Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction allows employers to use alternative fall protection procedures when conventional systems are either impossible or when using them creates a greater hazard.

Confusing? That’s why there’s a seminar to explain it.

The Southwest Suburban Home Builders Association (SSHBA) is hosting the OSHA Residential Fall Protection Informational Seminar at its metro Chicago real estate office in Orland Park on Wednesday, July 20.

Presented by the SSHBA and OSHA, the seminar will explain the new guidelines and help metro Chicago real estate sites, and all construction sites, become safer.

Out of state? The National Association of Home Builders offers a handbook and video explaining fall protection on its website. To order, visit BuilderBooks.com/Safety.

Also, the NAHB 2011 Webinar: Fall Protection Replay explains what employers need to do. Free to NAHB members, the webinar is $44.95 for non-members.

Personally, I think hearing it in person works best for me. Reservations must be made for the SSHBA seminar and lunch will be served.

What: OSHA Residential Fall Protection Informational Seminar

When: Wednesday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: SSHBA, 10767 W. 163rd Place, Orland Park

Cost: $15 for HBA members; $25 for non-members; lunch is included

RSVP: Call (708) 349-4242 or email info@sshba.com to register

Categories: Education, Events, SSHBA

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