Safety Standards for Window Cleaning

Chapter 296-878, WAC

Effective Date: 01/01/03

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WAC 296-878-150

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Summary:

You must:

Select and use appropriate equipment

Select appropriate rope for suspended equipment

Select appropriate carabiners.

Use fall protection equipment

Rules


WAC 296-878-15005

Select and use appropriate equipment.

You must

(1) Make sure that all equipment provided to workers for window-cleaning operations is engineered, designed, and intended for use in commercial applications.

Note

Note:

Equipment that is designed or labeled for recreational use or rescue use only is prohibited for use in window-cleaning operations.

You must

(2) Make sure that the window-cleaning equipment isn’t altered unless it’s specifically approved in writing by the original manufacturer or a registered professional engineer.

(3) Provide manufacturer's instructions to employees for all window-cleaning equipment they will use.

Reference

Reference:

Use Table 1 for other window-cleaning equipment requirements.

Table 1
Other window-cleaning equipment

If you use:

Then follow all requirements in:

1)

Portable ladders

WAC 296-800-290, Portable Ladders

2)

Supported scaffolds

Chapter 296-874 WAC, Scaffolds

3)

Suspension ropes and lifelines
Powered and manual hoists
Suspended scaffold equipment

Chapter 296-874 WAC, Scaffolds

4)

Single and multipoint adjustable suspension scaffolds

Chapter 296-874 WAC, Scaffolds

5)

Powered platforms

Chapter 296-24 WAC, PART J-3, Powered Platforms

 

WAC 296-878-15015

Select appropriate rope for suspended equipment.

You must

  • Make sure all rope used for suspended equipment has a minimum breaking strength of 5 thousand pounds.

WAC 296-878-15020

Select appropriate carabiners.

You must

  • Use carabiners for connecting hardware or attaching boatswains' chairs, descent devices, and lifelines to anchors.
  • Use carabiners with a minimum tensile load of 5 thousand pounds.
  • Make sure carabiners are either manual or auto-locking.

Note

Note:

You may secure a rope to an anchor with a knot if normal daily use of the rope will not decrease its initial breaking strength below 5 thousand pounds.

WAC 296-878-15025

Use fall protection equipment.

You must

(1) Make sure the fall arrest system meets the requirements of WAC 296-24-88050 mandatory Appendix C, Part I, Personal Fall Arrest Systems.

  • Use and inspect fall arrest equipment in accordance with the requirements of WAC 296-24-88050, mandatory Appendix C, Part I, Personal Fall Arrest Systems.
  • Make sure all workers suspended from a boatswain's chair or rope descent system use an independent fall arrest system where the fall arrest anchorage is separate from the suspension system anchorage.
  • Make sure workers operating powered platforms wear and use a fall arrest system.
  • Make sure workers assemble and wear their personal fall arrest equipment before they approach the point of suspension.
  • Make sure workers are connected at all times to the fall arrest system while they are suspended.

(2) Make sure the boatswain's chair or rope descent system is connected at all times to the suspension line.

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