Window Washing Standard–New for Minnesota

Minnesota OSHA has issued new rules for window washing operations, effective March 1, 2012. 

MNOSHA has investigated three fatalities related to window washing.  According to their press release: The new Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MNOSHA) standard is designed to increase worker protection and provide clarity for contractors that perform interior or exterior window-washing or building-maintenance operations. It applies to workers that are suspended more than 14 feet above grade. The standard does not apply to operations that are performed from grade level or from a ladder.

The press release is here. The standard itself is here.

A free early morning Construction Seminar on May 15, sponsored by MNOSHA, will review these new policies. Here is the info on that event.

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