In response to a petition filed by the solar industry, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board (Cal OSHA) has convened a formal advisory committee to consider if changes are warranted to California’s existing fall-protection safety standards for work around roof-top skylights. 

Specifically, the solar industry is asserting that the existing safety standards are out of date and should be amended to account for the temporary nature of solar-installation work and the significant advancements in skylight construction technology.   There appears to be solid evidence supporting a change, however, industry will be supporting a focused, “surgical” fix to this issue as opposed to a complete rewrite of the entire set of fall-protection standards for work being performed near a skylight.

CBPA and CBIA have representatives on this Advisory Committee representing the commercial and residential real estate industries.  Please let us know if you want more information or want to get more involved.

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