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This topic covers OSHA’s standard for powered platforms (29 CFR 1910.66), which is designed to protect window washers and building maintenance workers on high-rise buildings.

The standard covers powered platform installations permanently dedicated to interior or exterior building maintenance of a specific structure or structures. Building maintenance includes window cleaning, caulking, metal polishing, reglazing, etc. The standard does not apply to suspended (swinging) scaffolds used to service buildings temporarily.

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Directives 03/21/1979 - STD 1-3.2 - Hunt-Pierce Servi-Lift #9-271 Aerial Lift 07/09/2003National
Directives 08/30/1982 - CPL 2-1.17 - 29 CFR 1918.32(b) Stowed Cargo and Temporary Landing Platforms - Application to Containers Stowed on the Decks of vessels 07/18/2003National
Directives 10/29/1990 - CPL 2.35 CH-13 - SAVEs Manual Changes for "Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records" 07/22/2003National
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-3.1 - Citation for 5(a)(1) Violation when 29 CFR 1910.68 is Inapplicable 07/08/2003National
Directives 11/01/1982 - STD 1-3.3 - Building Anchors Used for Intermittent Stabilization of a Suspended Powered Platform in Window Washing Operations 07/18/2003National
Directives 11/12/1985 - STD 1-3.3 CH-1 - Page Changes for OSHA Instruction STD 1-3.3 07/18/2003National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.66 Powered platforms for building maintenance  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.68 Manlifts  National
Interpretations Demonstrating equivalency for powered platform tie - in guides. 06/10/1998National
Interpretations Evaluation of a single-person, manually propelled, mobile work platform.[1926.452(w); 1926.450; 1926.451; 1926.454] 05/18/2000National
Interpretations Modification of powered platforms for building maintenance and applicability of IWCA 14.1-2001 and ASME A120.1-2001. [1910.66; 1910.66(b)(1); 1910.66(b)(2); 1910.66(b)(2)(i); 1910.66(b)(2)(ii)] 07/06/2006National
Interpretations OSHA enforcement of ANSI window cleaning standard; citing federal agencies under the General Duty Clause.[1910.66; 1960.8] 03/28/2005National
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Interpretations Powered platforms for building maintenance to a permanently installed suspended scaffold. [1910.66] 12/15/1992National
Interpretations Powered platforms for building maintenance. 07/05/1995National
Interpretations Powered platforms permanently dedicated for building maintenance standard. 07/15/1997National
Interpretations Powered platforms: Suspension height limits for transportable outriggers. 10/01/1998National
Interpretations Review of Rope Grab Knot. 01/13/1993National
Interpretations Significance of ANSI standards with respect to OSHA requirements, specifically A92.6-1999.[1926.453; 1910.1; 1910.6] 02/28/2001National
Interpretations Standards applicable to aerial lifts; acceptable uses of body belts as restraint systems and positioning devices.[1926.453(a); 1926.453(b)(2); 1926.500(b); 1926.502(d); 1926.502(e); 1926.453(b)(2)(i); 1926.453(b)(2)(ii); 1926.453(b)(2)(i 05/11/2001National
Interpretations Testing requirements as they apply to powered platform installations permanently dedicated to building maintenance. [1910.66] 09/23/1993National
Interpretations The powered platform standard's emergency action plan requirements do not necessarily require lowering the platform to ground level.[1910.66; 1910.66(e)(9)] 01/18/2006National
Interpretations Tie-in guides for platform stabilization [1910.66] 06/02/1992National
Interpretations Tie-in guides standard. [1910.66] 01/06/1992National
Interpretations Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms standard. 07/15/1997National
Interpretations Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms standard. 05/13/1999National
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