Are You Rescue Ready or Need Rescuing?

Imagine if you were on a jobsite and your or your co-worker was in full fall arrest hanging on the side of a building in your harness . . .

What now?



This year, IWCA is going to be promoting several of the OSHA initiatives for 2018. We encourage you to actively participate in these programs.


OSHA 1910.23 Ladder Safety

One of the most dangerous tools that we have on our truck is a ladder. In fact, this tool has seriously injured more people in our industry than any other tool. Yet, its often a tool we don’t take the time to train employees or even ourselves on.


Chemical Labels

A very common thing to do in service industry is to buy chemicals in the bulk.
So how does an employer continue to save money while meeting this requirement?


Electrical Hazards

Every year tens of thousands of people are injured or killed from electrical shocks or contacts in the United States. Employees are exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, burns, fires and explosions. It is essential to understand that electricity is lethal for us and how we can save our lives.


The importance of a documented Safety Plan

Benefits of a Good documented safety plan.Protects the employees’ well-being. Reduces the amount of money paid out in: Health insurance benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits and wages for temporary help.


Site Assessments and Work Plans

by Stefan Bright

There has been a lot of chatter regarding the new OSHA regulations as they seem to be very specific to the window cleaning industry. The new Walking and Working Surfaces Subpart D Regulations pertain to fall hazards, portable ladders (and fixed) falling object hazards and training. Every professional window cleaner in the USA is exposed to some type of all 4 of these topics on a daily basis.


OSHA Update

Industry Update Article
Prior to 1991, the use of rope descent equipment for window cleaning and other work at heights applications in the USA was for the most part, considered illegal. This was due to the fact that the equipment was not addressed by any regulatory or standards body. If not for the efforts of 40 or so professional window cleaners and the early founders of the IWCA, OSHA would not have held a public hearing in September, 1990 to determine the feasibility of using rope access equipment for building maintenance, particularly professional window cleaning.


Why Conduct Regular Safety Meetings?

Why does the International Window Cleaning Association recommend conducting safety meetings on a regular basis with your management and employees?


Final Rule for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personnal Protection Systems

Every issue we will highlight a safety aspect of a window cleaners business. We hope to bring you a variety of topics that will help keep you safe on the job.


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