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ASSE Revises Fall Protection Standard
November 18, 2009

In an effort to provide the most current information on slip, trip and fall prevention, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced the approval of a newly revised American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASSE Z359.0-2009 Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest voluntary consensus standard.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), out of the 5,071 fatal on-the-job injuries that occurred in 2008 in the U.S., 680 were attributed to falls. In addition, fall protection is one of the top 10 most cited OSHA violations for 2009.

The standard establishes definitions and nomenclature for fall arrest and fall protection equipment, and is available at the ASSE Web site.

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