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Trivia Question

According to OSHA’s Construction Industry Fall Protection standard, found in 29 CFR 1926 Subpart M, how often must personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) be inspected?

  1. Regularly by a competent person.
  2. Before the first issue and every 6 months thereafter.
  3. Based on the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  4. Before each use.

ANSWER: D. 29 CFR 1926.502(d)(2) states that personal fall arrest systems shall be inspected for wear, damage and other deterioration prior to each use. Note that OSHA’s General Industry standard, 29 CFR 1910.140(c)(18), is phrased differently and requires inspection before initial use during each work shift.

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