Demystifying the OSHA Facade Access and Fall Protection Requirements: Tips and Tricks for Your Next

When:  Feb 7, 2023 from 04:30 PM to 08:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Chicago


When: Tuesday February 07, 2023 - 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm CST

Where: East Bank Club - 500 N. Kingsbury St Chicago, IL 60654

Event Agenda

4:30 pm: Networking - visit tabletop sponsors (5) and socialize with members

5:45 pm: Welcome, Chapter Announcements & Dinner

6:30 pm (approx.): Educational Presentation

Demystifying the OSHA Facade Access and Fall Protection Requirements: Tips and Tricks for Your Next Project
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The new rule governs a wide variety of conditions, including fixed ladders, low-slope roofs, and rope descent systems. In the 5+ years since its adoption, the new rule has had significant ramifications for many buildings, particularly for buildings where window washing and other maintenance activities are completed via rope descent systems, which are sometimes referred to as boatswain's (or bosun's) chairs.

This program will cover these recent changes and the concept of facade access more broadly, with the intent of raising awareness of key considerations that architects and specifiers should keep in mind when designing a new building or modifying an existing one. Practical examples and advice will be shared with the participants.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe how to find OSHA regulations that govern facade access and fall protection.
2. Explore various common facade access equipment types and methods and how each complies with OSHA standards.
3. Identify the responsibilities of architects and engineers related to OSHA-compliant facade access and fall protection.
4. Explain how to avoid some of the common mistakes made during the design or remodeling of buildings.



Jonathan E. Lewis

Principal, Unit Manager, and Associate Executive Director of Practice Development

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Since joining WJE in 2001, Jonathan Lewis has been involved in a variety of structural investigations, condition assessments, repair designs, and peer reviews. He has performed structural analyses and assisted in the development of repairs for multiple notable structures across the country. Mr. Lewis has significant experience with structural analysis computer software programs and is proficient in finite element analysis. He has developed expertise in fall protection requirements for elevated work surfaces as well as the evaluation and analysis of facade access equipment.

In addition to analysis and repair design, Mr. Lewis has provided repair phase services on a variety of projects, including building envelope repairs, structural modifications, and repairs to post-tensioned and conventionally reinforced parking structures.


  • 1.0 AIA/CES HSW LU (pending approval by AIA)

Registration Cost (Includes Dinner)

Registration closes 2 days before the event or when capacity is met.  Event space is limited to the first 130 registered attendees. Registration is refundable up to 7 days before the event. 

  • CSI Member = $50 
  • CSI Non-Member = $100

Parking cost not included - Click here for parking information.


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