ASSP Updates Safety Standard for Communication Structures

ASSP Updates Safety Standard for Communication Structures

The new standard becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2024.

Effective Jan. 1, 2024, the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) has revised the ANSI/ASSP A10.48 standard for the construction, demolition, modification and maintenance of communication structures, mitigating safety risks for work with antennas and broadcast supports.

According to a release dated Nov. 15, the revised standard sets minimum criteria for safety practices and training, addressing hazards not fully covered by existing regulations.

“The goal of the standard is to give the industry guidance on topics not covered or minimally covered in other regulations and standards,” Gordon Lyman, chair of the A10.48 subcommittee and CEO of eSystem Training Solutions, said in a statement. “Employers must identify and prevent potential hazards to protect those who perform this type of work.”

The A10.48 standard covers pre-job planning, site conditions, fall protection, radio frequency hazards, hoists, personnel lifting, rigging, structural loading and electrical safety. Its comprehensive approach fills gaps in federal regulations, guiding companies toward proactive injury prevention.

In the last fiscal year, ASSP has actively developed and revised numerous safety standards, engaging nearly 1,400 safety experts from 500 organizations.

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