Window Washing/ IWCA ANSI I-14.1 & OSHA
At ROJANI FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, LLC we complies with OSHA Regulations and ANSI Standards (ANSI IWCA I-14.1-2001 Window Cleaning Safety Standard)
We use our qualified engineers to evaluate each an every work location to emphasize safety.
ROJANI FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, LLC teams with Registered Professional Engineer to provide our costumers with an annual roof inspection. Annual Inspection consists of a visual and physical inspection of the previously inspected, engineered and permanently installed anchors and suspended maintenance equipment. The inspection is conducted by a qualified inspector under the supervision of a Registered Professional Engineer to ensure that the anchors and suspended maintenance equipment are in safe operating condition and have not degraded due to wear, decay, or lack of maintenance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Inspection Requirements Occupational Safety And Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations Prior to October 25, 2001 the duties and responsibilities for owners of buildings to ensure that the health and safety of all workers performing suspended maintenance operations was solely regulated by The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Suspended maintenance operations include window cleaning, caulking, metal polishing, reglazing and general maintenance on building surfaces.
In the OSHA Code of Federal Regulations, the subject of fall protection is covered by four main standards:
• Part 1910.21, Subpart D (Walking -Working Surfaces)
• Part 1910.66, Subpart F (Powered Platforms)
• Appendix C to Part 1910.66, Personal Fall Arrest System (Section I-Mandatory)
• Part 1926.50, Subpart M (Fall Protection)
OSHA enforces the issue of fall protection using the General Industry and Duty Clause, Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970 and will support the enforcement by citing fall protection requirements using any one of the above labor standards contained in CFR 29 relating to fall arrest equipment.
The ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard
In an effort to raise the standards for life safety in the window washing industry and develop a consistent and comprehensive national safety standard for window cleaning operations, the International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA) has developed a safety standard. On October 25, 2001, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved the IWCA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety draft standard for publication as an American National Standard.
The intent of the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Window Cleaning Safety Standard is to provide minimum requirements that are recommended for use by persons in the window cleaning trade, persons who provide window cleaning supplies or equipment to the trade and persons who employ or contract window cleaning contractors. One of the most important provisions of the I-14 Standard is that of shared responsibility between the window cleaning contractor and the building owner and/or their operating agent. The window-cleaning contractor must provide the building owner
with the assurance that all work will adhere to applicable codes, standards, laws and licensing requirements; that their workers are properly trained; and that any equipment provided by the contractor is properly designed, maintained and inspected. The building owner must provide the window cleaning contractor with the assurance that the installation of the structure has been inspected, tested and maintained according to the Standard and that all equipment dedicated to the building meets the requirements of the Standard.
OSHA Inspection Requirements
Building owners of all installations, new and existing, where suspended scaffold, rope descent system (RDS) or similar single-point suspension equipment are to be used for suspended maintenance operations shall inform the maintenance contractor that the suspended maintenance installation (anchors) has been inspected, tested (if necessary) and maintained in compliance with OSHA requirements.
ANSI Inspection & Certification Requirements
The ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Standard contains inspection and certification requirements similar to the OSHA regulations. However, as stated above, the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Standard includes and expands upon the OSHA inspection requirements. The following inspection requirements for permanently dedicated equipment are stated in the ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Standard:
Anchorages shall be certified before initial use and shall be provided with a rated load and initial certification by the manufacturer.
Anchorages shall be inspected annually by a qualified person.
Anchorages shall be inspected at intervals specified by the manufacturer (not to exceed 12 months.
Anchorages shall be inspected by a competent person before each use
Anchorages shall be re-certified during re-roofing, renovating (pertinent to the window cleaning system) or at periods not to exceed 10 years. Certification and re-certification of Anchorages shall be performed under the supervision of a registered professional engineer
The ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 Standard requires the building owner to meet applicable inspection provisions of the Standard and to provide the following written assurances to the window washing contractor: