OSHA Mandated Rope Anchor Load Testing Deadline

Before any rope descent system (i.e., window washing boatswain chair) is used on a building, OSHA now requires that each anchor be identified, tested, certified, and maintained so it is capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds in any direction.

Did all your anchors pass the test?

The OSHA set November 20, 2017 deadline for physical load testing of these anchors has passed. (29 CFR 1910.27(b)(1)(iii)).

Did you make the deadline?

We loaded anchors of many different configurations and found that not all anchors passed this stringent test. If you have any anchors that have not been subjected to this testing in the last 10 years, they must be load tested and certified by a qualified person before they are used. This regulation also seems to apply to new anchors that were installed after the November 20 deadline and not just older anchors.

Don’t postpone your scheduled winter or spring window washing work, get your anchors tested soon.  Call us @ 410-312-4761 or 703-450-622o  | mindy@etc-web.com