The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is the primary agency responsible for fall protection enforcement in the United States. Because falls remaining a leading cause of workplace injuries and fatalities year after year, OSHA prioritizes fall hazard inspections. Citations relating to fall protection, fall protection training, and ladder safety consistently hold three of the top ten OSHA violations. Learn more about OSHA Fall Protection Standards.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system and strengthening its impact, both domestically and internationally. ANSI facilitates the development of American National Standards (ANS) by accrediting the procedures of standards developing organizations (SDOs). These groups work cooperatively to develop voluntary national consensus standards. Accreditation by ANSI signifies that the procedures used by the standards body in connection with the development of American National Standards meet the Institute’s essential requirements for openness, balance, consensus, and due process. ANSI Fall Protection & Fall Restraint Standards
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has a vision: the elimination of work-related illnesses and injuries. They serve Canadians and the world with credible and relevant tools and resources to improve workplace health and safety programs. Canada OHS Fall Protection Information
During the years 2000 through 2008, there were an average of over 2100 slip and fall accidents per year in the mining industry. Through its Safety Targets Program, MSHA is working to reduce this number significantly. MSHA Fall Protection Standards.