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Fall Arrest Certification & Testing

OSHA requires that all building owners who currently have fall arrest roof anchors must have them inspected,  certification and maintained to ensure a safe workplace for any worker who uses the anchors to access work areas.

Fall Arrest Anchor Testing

Safety Fall Arrest Roof Anchors must be certified and tested on an annual basis to ensure compliance with the ANSI/IWCA l-14.1 Window Washing Safety Standard. The Standard states that a competent person must visually inspect all roof anchors once a year, and every ten years the anchors must be load tested, witnessed and certified by a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.).

Fall Arrest Anchor Inspection

As specialists in the field, GSS Corp., takes the guesswork out of the annual visual certification and testing and provides an inspection report along with recommendations needed to keep your building in compliance. All of our inspections are performed by our own trained personnel.
If it is time for load testing and certification, GSS Corp. will inspect, test and certify all the anchor points and provide you with certification and documentation of the test, all witnessed by our registered Professional Engineer (P.E.)

If necessary, GSS Corp. will also provide a system logbook detailing the current system and a stamped “as-built“ to post near your roof access for all window washers and facade workers to follow after certification testing.

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ANSI/IWCA I-14

The ANSI/IWCA I-14 is an American National Standard published in 2001. The intent of the I-14 Standard is to improve the level of safety in the window cleaning industry. The 1-14 Standard provides safety guidelines that benefit building owners, managers and contractors. Safety in the workplace is a shared responsibility; by following the voluntary I-14 Standard, both lives and assets are protected. .

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration references the I-14 Standard in violations by window cleaning contractors of the OSHA Section 5(a) 1- General Duty Clause. In these citations, OSHA states that the violations could have been remedied if the contractor were following the requirements of the I-14 Standard.

The nature of the citations range from contractors needing to upgrade their equipment, improve their safety training and providing a written work plan to working with the building owner or manager with re-assessing the safety of the facility.

In a more significant case study, the I-14 Standard helped to eliminate the liability of a property manager after an accident occurred.