Safety Standards for Window Cleaning

Chapter 296-878, WAC

Effective Date: 01/01/03


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WAC 296-878-110

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WAC 296-878-11005

Train workers to use window-cleaning equipment.

You must

  • Provide the following training to workers before they use window-cleaning equipment on the job:
    • - Proper care and maintenance of the equipment
    • - Review manufacturer's instructions for proper equipment use
    • - Methods for inspection, assembly, and dismantling of components
    • - Identify anchorages
    • - A complete understanding of safe working conditions
    • - How employees will be rescued.
  • Provide additional training to workers using window-cleaners' belts in all the following areas:
    • - How to select the proper-sized belt
    • - How to use anchors and terminals
    • - How to deal with obstructions and slippery/wet surfaces.
  • Provide additional training to workers using boatswains' chairs and rope descent systems in all the following areas:
    • - Proper rigging practices
    • - Fall arrest requirements
    • - Proper methods of descending
    • - The effects of wind on window-cleaning operations when a worker is suspended
    • - Proper methods of hoisting for ascents.
  • Document the training by recording all of the following:
    • - The name and signature of the trainer/educator
    • - The name and signature of the student
    • - The subjects in which the workers were trained
    • - The date of the training
    • - The location of the training.



  • You don't need a specialized educator to provide training. You may use a qualified person to conduct the training. A qualified person is defined as a person who has:
    • - Extensive knowledge, training, and experience about the subject matter, work, or project
    • - A recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing
    • - Successful demonstration of problem solving skills in connection with the subject, work, or project.

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Employee Training Documentation Form

This optional tool can help you document your employee training.

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