Update from Committee Week - April 2020
The chair reviewed the draft of the guidelines for scaffold access in an industrial environment, which includes the proper installation of davit arms, use of self-retractable lifelines, and inspection of the scaffold components. After a few more revisions are made, the guidelines will be sent to the Regulatory and Review Committee. The council next considered whether they should develop guidelines or tip sheets for other types of access, such as attachable ladders, stairways, hatch decks, and scaffold planks. Then followed a lengthy discussion on whether the council should provide guidelines or training on daily or work site scaffold inspections in industrial environments. Due to the many varying conditions on an industrial work sites, the consensus was to wait to see if the proposed SAIA inspector training course is developed.
The mission of the Scaffold & Access Industry Association (SAIA) Industrial Council is to be a resource and advocate for positive and safe change in the growing industrial market as it relates to the unique needs for temporary work platforms of all types.
Provide awareness of safety issues unique to the industrial market and provide leadership for addressing those issues for continuous improvement.
Make association members aware of new and changing regulations from various government agencies as they relate to equipment, safe practices and proper use.
Aid in developing certain standards for the industrial market with the intent that these standards will be adopted by the association, ANSI and OSHA, where appropriate.
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