OSHA Regulations Integration
Valcourt’s step-by-step solution to support every customer with the new OSHA regulations
As a building owner or manager, you will need support to navigate compliance with OSHA’s revised regulations on ‘Walking and Working Surfaces’ and ‘Fall Protection Systems’. Many of the critical components of the regulation are due for compliance by November 20, 2017. Falling short of compliance on these matters can increase the risk of OSHA fines, citations, work injuries and subsequent liability exposure.
In order to provide maximum support, Valcourt has formed ‘Compliance Programs’ — a new department dedicated to compliance support that extends the value and resources of our existing SafeSite Program. Its main objectives will be to provide structure and support to Valcourt teams at the local level to maximize client support, work directly with customers during the OSHA transition process, and collaborate with all internal personnel to promote the adoption of compliance standards in each market.
To help you meet all demands and requirements of the OSHA regulations, Valcourt has also created ‘OSHA Regulations Integration’ — a new system that will support every customer through the process from start to finish in the most logical manner.
Step 1: Schedule Inspection & Compliance Review
To identify each property’s specific requirements per the revised regulations, Valcourt will be contacting customers to expedite and complete their annual inspections within the next three-to-four months. During this inspection, our engineering partner performing the inspection will also review any additional compliance needs as outlined in the changed regulations. This will help clients quickly meet one of the regulation requirements and receive prompt feedback on further compliance requirements well in advance of the November 20th deadline.
To save building owners both time and money, it is extremely important for building ownership and/or management to research and produce all existing building drawings, supporting documentation on any current anchorage points, and any reports regarding post-installation testing data on the existing anchorage points.
Step 2: Perform Site Inspection
The inspection is coordinated and performed in partnership with Valcourt’s choice of a third-party engineering firm. The inspection, which will go beyond the traditional inspection services, will include an analysis of the property in conjunction with the revised regulations. Areas evaluated will include current anchorage points, fall-protection-system requirements, verification of testing, and required documentation.
Step 3: Provide Analysis & Consultation
Following your site inspection and review, Valcourt will examine the findings of the third-party engineering firm. We will then set a time to review the building analysis with each client. The analysis will outline the inspection of your property’s existing anchorage points, as well as the specific requirements that were advised to be addressed in order to be compliant with OSHA’s changed regulations by the imposed deadline. Then, Valcourt will develop an action plan with you and facilitate each solution required.
Step 4: Execute Requirements
Based on the actionable items determined in step 3, Valcourt will coordinate with third-party engineering partners and/or Valcourt Safety Systems to fulfill the requirements of the revised regulations. This may consist of testing and certifying existing anchorage, and/or designing solutions for additional anchorage if required and recommended during the site inspection and review.
It is critical to ensure that existing anchorage points have been identified, tested, certified, and inspected as required by OSHA, so that we can jointly work together toward the required solutions for any additional anchorage points as efficiently as possible.
Step 5: Manage Documentation
To help customers manage all compliance-related documentation moving forward, Valcourt is creating a client portal. The portal will not only provide each customer with one user-friendly location to quickly access records and data as required by OSHA, it will also ensure that their documentation is always up-to-date — which will be extremely useful for managing critical data in all aspects of their contracts with Valcourt.
In conjunction with each of Valcourt’s local teams, Compliance Programs will ensure systems and processes are in place to meet the documentation demands, regulations and standards. This includes the required proof-of-compliance from Valcourt, proper letters of assurances, required work plans, testing reports, inspection reports, and certifications.