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296-155 WAC, Part C-1.

296-155-680 (Concrete)

296-800-16020 Core Rules

1971 Congress created OSHA in States may choose to run their own safety and health programs as long as they are at least as effective as OSHA.


1972 Department of Labor & Industries created Washington Industrial Safety & Health Act (WISHA)


296-155 Is the Construction Code than cover MOST of our work.


Safe Place Standards, Vertical Standards versus Horizontal Standards?


General Duty Clause: Employer is REQUIRED to provide a Safe & Healthful Workplace Free of known hazards likely to cause serious injury or death.

How to protect employees:

  • Stop work
  • Engineering controls
  • Administrative Control
  • Lastly: PPE ( PFAS)

Follow Manufactures Written Recommendations


It’s the LAW: WAC 296-155

Must be inspected by a competent person other than the user at least annually. (Documented)


Components of fall restraint systems shall be inspected prior to each use for mildew, wear, damage, and other deterioration, and defective components shall be removed from service if their function or strength has been adversely affected.


WAC 296-155-009 & 800-16045 Equipment whether or not owned by, or under control of the employer. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure that any defective equipment or tools are not used


Inspect harness hardware (i.e. buckles, D-rings, back pad, keepers, etc.); these items must not be damaged, broken, distorted, or have any sharp edges, burrs, cracks, worn parts, or corrosion. Inspect labels; all labels should be present and fully legible. NO PUNCHURES IN HARNESS


Inspect each system component or subsystem per associated manufacturer’s instructions


Fall Restraint

Positioning Systems

Fall Arrest

Ironworkers use mainly Positioning System


REBAR: Each employee on the face of formwork or reinforcing steel shall be protected from falling 4 feet (1.8m) or more to lower levels by personal fall arrest systems Positioning devices shall be secured to an anchorage capable of supporting at least twice the potential impact load of an employee's fall or 5,000 pounds.




Training: WAC 800-16035: Employees Must be in writing (or on computer) names, dates, subjects. Does NOT have to be one form per employee.


WAC 296-155-2450 fall protection work plan.


The employer shall develop and implement a written fall protection work plan including each area of the work place where the employees are assigned and where fall hazards of 10 feet or more exist.

(Exception REBAR 4’ or more)


Free climb just like the FIXED Ladder Standards. Above 24 feet full body harness.


Exception: General contractor specific contract language requiring specific fall protection above DOSH standards. DOSH/OSHA is MINIMUM Standards!


Positioning devices (rebar assembly) shall be rigged such that an employee cannot free fall more than 2 feet.


Anchorage point 3000 lbs versus 5000 lbs (fall distance, force generated)



At a minimum your company Accident Prevention Program should include the elements below .


Provide a workplace free from recognized hazards WAC 296-800-11005

Provide and use means to make your workplace safe WAC 296-800-11010

Prohibit employees from entering, or being in, any workplace that is not safe WAC 296-800-11015

Construct your workplace so it is safe WAC 296-800-11020

Prohibit alcohol and narcotics from your workplace WAC 296-800-11025

  Prohibit employees from using tools and equipment that are not safe WAC 296-800-11030

Establish, supervise, and enforce rules that lead to a safe and healthy work environment that are effective in practice WAC 296-800-11035

Control chemical agents WAC 296-800-11040

Protect employees from biological agents WAC 296-800-11045


A hazard is recognized if it is commonly known in the employer's industry, or if there is evidence that the employer knew or should have known of the existence of the hazard, or if it can be established that any reasonable person would have recognized the hazard.