ANSI approves new construction, demolition safety standards

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced that the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved two new A10 construction and demolition safety standards.

One new standard, ANSI/ASSE A10.1-2011 Project and Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning for Construction and Demolition Operations, will establish the elements and activities that take place before and after safety and health planning for construction sites. The second, ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011 Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites, applies to emergency procedures involving fires, collapses, hazardous spills and other emergencies. The A10.26 standard also addresses emergency rescue, on-site first aid and emergency care, evacuation of injured or ill workers, and training on emergency plans and procedures.

"The A10 standards play an important role in providing technical guidance to the construction and demolition industry in order to prevent occupational fatalities, injuries, and illnesses,” said Richard King, chair of the A10 Committee. "These two new standards build upon our existing documents to enhance work safety and health on construction sites."

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is a high-hazard industry that presents workers with safety risks including falling from heights, unguarded machinery, being struck by heavy equipment, and electrocutions.

To reduce the risk of such accidents, employers must provide their workers with fall protection systems, hard hats, work gloves, and other safety products

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