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New OSHA Building Compliance Requirements For 2017 and Beyond

By | ICBS News

At the end of 2016 the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) issued new regulations on Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Safety. These regulations are intended to increase worker safety and limit the number of accidents associated with the use of stairs, ladders and other elevated work surfaces. The following is a list of the new regulations and when they go into effect:

January 1st, 2017

New regulation prohibits employers from using Rope descent systems (RDS) at heights greater than 300 feet above grade unless they demonstrate it is not feasible or creates a greater hazard to use any other system above that height. In addition, the final rule requires building owners to provide and employers to obtain information that permanent anchorages used with RDS have been inspected, tested, certified, and maintained as capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per employee attached.

May 17th, 2017

Deadline for the requirement of employers to ensure workers who use personal fall protection and work in other specified high hazard situations are trained, and retrained as necessary, about fall and equipment hazards, including fall protection systems.

November 17th, 2017

Deadline for building owners to have all existing roof anchor systems used as tie-off points for rope descending systems inspected and certified

November 18th, 2018
  • Installation of fall protection (personal fall arrest systems, ladder safety systems, cages, wells) on existing fixed ladders (over 24 feet) that do not have any fall protection
  • Installation of ladder safety or personal fall arrest systems on new fixed ladders (over 24 feet) and replacement ladders/ladder section

November 2018-2036

Phase in period for the installation of ladder safety systems or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders (over 24 feet)

ICBS specializes in custom design, installation, manufacturing, maintenance, and OSHA/ANSI certification of all components related to commercial building safety. We will work side by side with each company to assess the safety of your building’s working environment and individually tailor a plan to make sure everything is up to date with all required compliance regulations. Call today and schedule a free walk through evaluation of your commercial building’s safety equipment.

ICBS Announces the Addition of Michael Elford as Head of Business Development for the North Texas Region

By | ICBS News

Houston, TX – May 9th, 2017- Innovative Commercial Building Solutions (ICBS), an industry leader in commercial building safety and compliance, recently announced the addition of Michael Elford to their team of experts. Michael joins ICBS as the Head of Business Development for North Texas, which includes Dallas, Ft. Worth, all metro area Mid-Cities, and areas beyond as they continue to expand their services into new markets. Michael will primarily focus on new client acquisition, operations, and account management. His hiring gives ICBS a permanent presence in the Dallas area to maintain and improve the continuity of care for both current and future North Texas clients. Says Elford, “Jim and Bob have really developed ICBS into a very special niche provider in the construction market.. Our vision is to continue to drive revenue here in DFW – one of the largest markets in the US. To do that, our primary focus is on building strong, lasting relationships with our customers and partners here, as we have elsewhere.

Prior to joining ICBS, Michael founded healthcare start-up, Cura Credentialing Management, and served as Vice President of Operations and Client Success Manager at Access Physicians. Michael brings with him to ICBS broad-based entrepreneurial experience in leadership, business operations, client services, and project management. “The company (ICBS) has been developing for several years but I think now more than ever we have that ‘start-up momentum’ growing within our entire team and that mindset is exciting for us,“ said Mr. Elford. “We’re utilizing new designs and new technology that our competitors simply are not, and that’s clearly propelling us into new markets very quickly.  We want to be THE industry leader in the next five years, and we believe that is an attainable goal.”

ICBS specializes in commercial building safety and the required compliance certifications necessary to maintain strict industry standards adopted and enforced by agencies such as OSHA and ANSI. ICBS custom designs, manufactures, installs, and certifies all components related to fall protection/fall arrest systems as well as building safety access fixtures including guardrails, ladder systems, and catwalk systems. ICBS also offers a full range of water tank services including tank inspections and certifications, design and installation of new tanks, and modification of old tanks. The ICBS team, which includes certified structural engineers and designers, works closely with clients to customize the best systems to fit each property’s unique safety and compliance requirements.