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Construction safety standards are published by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and protect the workers on construction sites. These standards cover the safety requirements for scaffolding, steel erection, safety nets and fall protection. Demolition operation standards include debris net systems, rope-guided and non-guided workers' hoists, commercial explosives and blasting agents, digger derricks, rigging qualifications and hearing loss prevention. They are available individually as a PDF or as a package of standards. Construction safety standards cover all stages of construction, from pre-project construction planning to the use of specific tools and applications, including but not limited to asphalt safety, roofing safety, and others. In addition to safety requirements on-site workers must follow, many of the included standards cover topics that site managers must be knowledgeable of, such as the Employer's Program to Provide a Safe and Healthful Work Environment.

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ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction Package

ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction Package

The ANSI/ASSE A10 Construction Package is a comprehensive compilation of the ANSI/ASSE A10 series of safety construction standards. The standards provide the safety requirements for scaffolding, steel erection, safety nets and fall protection. Demolition operation standards address debris net systems, rope-guided and non-guided workers' hoists, commercial explosives and blasting agents, digger derricks, rigging qualifications and hearing loss prevention. The requirements for the safety of the public near construction sites and the health and safety of employees of construction environments are also supplied in this package which includes more than 30 construction and demolition standards. This package contains all parts of ANSI/ASSE A10 standards: ANSI/ASSE A10.1-2011 (R2017) ANSI/ASSP A10.3-2020 ANSI/ASSE A10.4-2016 ANSI/ASSP A10.5-2020 ANSI/ASSE A10.6-2006 (R2016) ANSI/ASSP A10.7-2018 ANSI/ASSP A10.8-2019 ANSI/ASSE A10.9-2013 (R2018) ANSI/ASSE A10.10-2015 - Historical ANSI/ASSE A10.11-2010 (R2016) ANSI/ASSP A10.12-2022 ANSI/ASSE A10.13-2011 (R2017) ANSI/ASSE A10.15-1995 (R2017) ANSI/ASSE A10.16-2009 (R2016) ANSI/ASSE A10.17-2006 (R2017) - Historical ANSI/ASSE A10.18-2007 (R2012) ANSI/ASSE A10.19-2017 ANSI/ASSE A10.20-2006 (R2016) - Historical ANSI/ASSP A10.21-2018 ANSI/ASSE A10.22-2007 (R2017) ANSI/ASSP A10.23-2019 ANSI/ASSP A10.24-2022 ANSI/ASSE A10.25-2017 ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011 (R2016) ANSI/ASSE A10.27-1998 (R2017) - Historical ANSI/ASSP A10.28-2018 ANSI/ASSP A10.31-2019 ANSI/ASSE A10.32-2012 ANSI/ASSP A10.33-2020 ANSI/ASSP A10.34-2021 ANSI/ASSE A10.37-2016 ANSI/ASSP A10.38-2021 ANSI/ASSE A10.39-1996 (R2017) ANSI/ASSP A10.40-2007 (R2018) ANSI/ASSP A10.42-2000 (R2017) ANSI/ASSE A10.43-2016 ANSI/ASSP A10.44-2020 ANSI/ASSP A10.46-2020 ANSI/ASSP A10.47-2021 ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016 ANSI/ASSE A10.49-2015


ANSI/ASSE A10.1-2011 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations - Pre-Project & Pre-Task Safety and Health Planning

This standard establishes the elements and activities for pre-project and pre-task safety and health planning in construction.


ANSI/ASSP A10.3-2020

Safety Requirements for Powder-Actuated Fastening Systems

This standard provides safety requirements for low-velocity powder-actuated fastening tools that propel studs, pins, fasteners or other objects for the purpose of affixing them, by penetration, to hard structural materials (such as concrete, masonry or steel).


ANSI/ASSE A10.4-2016

Safety Requirements for Personnel Hoists and Employee Elevators on Construction and Demolition Sites

This standard applies to the design, construction, installation, operation, inspection, testing, maintenance, alterations and repair of hoists and elevators that 1) are not an integral part of buildings, 2) are installed inside or outside buildings or structures during construction, alteration, demolition or operations and 3) are used to raise and lower workers and other personnel connected with or related to the structure. These personnel hoists and employee elevators may also be used for transporting materials under specific circumstances defined in this standard.


ANSI/ASSP A10.5-2020

Safety Requirements for Material Hoists

This standard applies to material hoists used to raise or lower materials during construction, alteration, maintenance or demolition. It is not applicable to the temporary use of permanently installed personnel elevators as material hoists.



ANSI/ASSP A10.7-2018

Safety and Health Requirements for Construction and Demolition Use, Storage, Handling and Site Movement of Commercial Explosives and Blasting Agents

This standard is applicable to all entities involved in any construction or demolition project that requires the use of commercial explosives and blasting agents. This standard is intended to work with the other federal, state and local regulations for use of commercial explosives and blasting agents.



ANSI/ASSP A10.8-2019

Scaffolding Safety Requirements

This standard establishes safety requirements for the construction, operation, maintenance and use of scaffolds used in the construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of buildings and structures. This standard does not cover permanently installed suspended scaffold systems or aerial platforms.


ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2011 w/comparison document

Scaffolding Safety Requirements (with comparison document)

ANSI/ASSE A10.8-2011 establishes safety requirements for the construction, operation, maintenance and use of scaffolds used in the construction, alteration, demolition and maintenance of buildings and structures. This package also contains the A10.8-2011 comparison document.


ANSI/ASSP A10.9-2013 (R2018)

Safety Requirements for Concrete and Masonry Work

This standard establishes safety requirements pertaining to concrete construction and masonry work in construction. The requirements contained in this standard cover all on-site concrete construction and masonry work including design, erection, operation, and maintenance of aggregate processing plants, concrete mixing plants, and conveyances. It also contains safety requirements pertinent to the specialty concrete operations of prestressing by pretensioning or post-tensioning, lift-slab construction, tilt-up construction, and slipforms.


ANSI/ASSE A10.10-2015

Safety Requirements for Temporary and Portable Space Heating Devices

This standard provides minimum safety requirements for the selection, installation, operation and maintenance of space heating devices and equipment of temporary and portable design. It covers the heater unit and its integral parts through to their connection for fuel, but does not cover separate supply tanks or valving.


ANSI/ASSE A10.11-2010 (R2016)

Safety Requirements for Personnel Nets - Construction and Demolition Operations

Establishes safety requirements for the selection, installation and use of personnel nets during construction, repair and demolition operations.



ANSI/ASSE A10.13-2011 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations - Safety Requirements for Steel Erection

This standard establishes safety requirements for erecting, handling, fitting, fastening, reinforcing and dismantling of structural steel, plate steel, steel joist and metal deck at a final in-place field site during construction, maintenance and dismantling operations.


ANSI/ASSE A10.13-2011(Comparison package)

Safety Requirements for Steel Erection

This standard establishes safety requirements for erecting, handling, fitting, fastening, reinforcing and dismantling of structural steel, plate steel, steel joist, and metal deck at a final in-place field site during construction, maintenance and dismantling operations.



ANSI/ASSE A10.16-2009 (R2016)

Safety Requirements for Tunnels, Shafts, and Caissons American National Standard for Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard establishes safety requirements pertaining to the construction of tunnels, shafts, and caissons. The requirements set forth in this standard cover environmental control; related facilities; fire prevention; hoisting; haulage; and electrical, drilling and blasting, and compressed air work. This standard is not intended for application to mining or quarrying operations.


ANSI/ASSE A10.16-2009 Package

Safety Requirements for Tunnels, Shafts, and Caissons American National Standard for Construction and Demolition Operations with Comparision document for versions 1995 and 2009

This standard establishes safety requirements pertaining to the construction of tunnels, shafts, and caissons. Comparison document attempts to note the changes in the A10.16 standard.


ANSI/ASSE A10.17-2006 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations -Safe Operating Practices for Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Construction

This standard applies to those operations involving hot mix asphalt (bituminous) mixtures and materials for construction and resurfacing. Safe work practices are included for the protection of workers and the public and are to be considered the vital safety requirements for designers, manufacturers and installers of such equipment and materials.


ANSI/ASSE A10.18-2007 (R2012)

Temporary Roof & Floor Holes, Wall Openings, Stairways Safety Requirements for, & Other Unprotected Edges in Construction & Demolition Operations

This standard prescribes rules and establishes minimum safety requirements for the protection of employees and the public from hazards arising out of or associated with temporary roof and floor holes, wall openings, stairways, and other unprotected sides and edges, roofs, during construction and demolition activities


ANSI/ASSE A10.19-2017

Safety Requirements for Pile Installation and Extraction Operations

This standard establishes safety requirements for the installation and extraction of piles during construction and demolition operations.


ANSI/ASSE A10.20-2006 (R2016)

Safe Operating Practices for Tile, Terrazzo, and Marble Work

This standard establishes safety requirements for construction operations and equipment used in the handling and installation of ceramic tile, terrazzo and marble. The types of construction are not listed. The standard is intended to apply to buildings of all kinds and to heavy construction, such as work in tunnels.


ANSI/ASSE A10.22-2007 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations - Safety Requirements for Rope-Guided and Non-Guided WorkersÆ Hoists

This standard establishes minimum safety requirements for temporary personnel hoisting systems used for the transportation of persons to and from working elevations during normal construction and demolition operations, including maintenance, and is restricted to use in special situations, such as: (1) Work in chimneys, chimney linings, silos, towers, stacks, and similar projects. (2) When necessary, to hoist or Lower a person in a boatswain's chair or equivalent and the height is too great for practical use of a block and falls (see Section 12). (3) For transportation of materials, but not concurrently with hoisting of personnel.


ANSI/ASSE A10.24-2014

Roofing - Safety Requirements for Low-Sloped Roofs

Establishes safe operating practices for the installation, maintenance and removal of membrane roofing that is seamed or seamless on lowsloped roofs, which means the roof has a slope that is less than or equal to 4 in 12 (18°). These types of roofs include but are not necessarily limited to: hot and cold builtup roofing, single-ply roofing, spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing, liquid-type roofing (Hypalon®, polyurethane, etc.) and modified bitumens.


ANSI/ASSE A10.25-2017

Sanitation in Construction - Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard shall apply to all construction and demolition job sites. The standard covers potable water, toilet and general hand washing facilities on a job site.


ANSI/ASSE A10.26-2011 (R2016)

Emergency Procedures for Construction and Demolition Sites

This standard applies to those emergency procedures involving:1. Fires, collapses, hazardous spills and other emergencies that could endanger workers; 2. Emergency rescue of injured or ill workers or other persons, or of uninjured workers unable to rescue themselves; 3. Onsite provision of first aid and emergency medical care; 4. Evacuation and transportation of injured or ill workers to appropriate emergency medical facilities; 5. Pre-planning and coordination of emergency plan with emergency medical facilities; and 6. Training on emergency procedures/plans for workers and other groups.


ANSI/ASSE A10.27-1998 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations - Safety Requirements for Hot Mix Asphalt Facilities

This standard provides recommendations concerning the design, manufacture, operating processes and equipment associated with the production of hot asphalt (HMA) mixing facilities. Included are raw material handling and storage, equipment operation to produce asphalt mixtures and the delivery of mixes into vehicles for transport to users. Routine maintenance, housekeeping and allied functions are included.


ANSI/ASSP A10.28-2018

Safety Requirements for Work Platforms Suspended from Cranes or Derricks

This standard applies to platforms suspended from the load lines of cranes or derricks in order to: perform work at elevations that cannot be reached in a safe manner by other types of scaffolds or aerial work platforms; or transport personnel to elevations where other means of access are unsafe or impractical because of design or worksite conditions.


ANSI/ASSP A10.31-2019

Safety Requirements, Definitions and Specifications for Digger Derrick

This standard applies to special multipurpose vehicle-mounted machines, commonly known as digger derricks. These machines are primarily designed to accommodate components that dig holes and/or set poles and position materials and apparatus. Note: Depending on their use, digger derricks may be defined as a crane by government regulations, and operator’s certification may be required.


ANSI/ASSE A10.32-2012

Personal Fall Protection Used in Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard establishes performance criteria for personal fall protection equipment and systems in construction and demolition and provides guidelines, recommendations for their use and inspection. It includes, but is not limited to; fall arrest, restraint, positioning, climbing, descending, rescue, escape and training activities. Exceptions: This standard does not include lineman's body belts, pole straps, window washer's belts, chest/waist harnesses and sports equipment.


ANSI/ASSP A10.33-2020

Safety and Health Program Requirements for Multi-Employer Projects

This standard sets forth the minimum elements and activities of a program that defines the duties and responsibilities of the parties involved in a multi-employer construction site. The purpose of this standard is to assist owners/clients, construction manager - agents, project constructors and contractors in establishing and managing an effective safety program on a multi-employer worksite.


ANSI/ASSP A10.34-2021

Protection of the Public on or Adjacent to Construction Sites

This standard provides the required elements and activities on construction and demolition projects to protect the public.


ANSI/ASSE A10.37-2016

Debris Net Systems Used During Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard establishes safety requirements for the design, selection, installation and use of debris net systems during construction, demolition operations and for the temporary containment of debris from deteriorating structures.


ANSI/ASSP A10.38-2021

Basic Elements of an Employer's Program to Provide a Safe and Healthful Work Environment

Establishes the minimum elements of a program for protecting the safety and health of employees involved in construction and demolition activities. The purpose of this standard is to assist employers in their efforts to provide a safe and healthful work environment.


ANSI/ASSE A10.39-1996 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations - Construction Safety and Health Audit Program

This standard identifies the minimum performance elements that, when properly utilized, will allow for a competent evaluation of a construction safety and health program. Further, it will identify those areas where systems, records and performance elements are required in order to produce a quality audit.


ANSI/ASSP A10.40-2007 (R2018)

Reduction of Musculoskeletal Problems in Construction

This standard applies to construction work where there may be risk factors, which could lead to musculoskeletal problems for construction workers. This standard does not apply to office or administrative work performed by construction companies.


ANSI/ASSP A10.42-2000 (R2017)

Construction and Demolition Operations - Safety Requirements for Rigging Qualifications and Responsibilities

Rigging Qualications and Responsibilities in the Construction Industry - This standard establishes minimum criteria of knowledge and performance requirements for a qualified rigger in the construction industry.


ANSI/ASSE A10.43-2016

Confined Spaces in Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard sets forth the minimum elements and activities of a program that defines the duties and responsibilities of construction and demolition employers to be followed while entering, exiting and working in confined spaces at normal atmospheric pressure.


ANSI/ASSP A10.44-2020

Control of Energy Sources (Lockout/Tagout) For Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard establishes the minimum requirements for the control of energy sources to prevent release of harmful energy that could cause death, injury or illness to personnel performing construction and demolition work. This standard does not cover the following: Installations under the exclusive control of electric utilities for the purpose of power generation, transmission and distribution, including related equipment for communication or metering; exposure to electrical hazards from work on, near or with conductors or equipment in electric utilization installations.


ANSI/ASSP A10.46-2020

Hearing Loss Prevention for Construction and Demolition Workers

This standard applies to all construction and demolition workers with potential noise exposures (continuous, intermittent and impulse) of 85 dBA and above.


ANSI/ASSP A10.47-2021

Work Zone Safety for Roadway Construction

This standard covers workers engaged in construction, utility work, maintenance or repair activities on any area of a roadway. Establishes the minimum requirements for the construction and maintenance of roadways to achieve the following objectives: (1.) Prevent worker injuries and illnesses resulting from working in roadway work zones; (2.) Establish safe work practices in roadway work zones; (3.) Prevent vehicular crashes in roadway work zones.


ANSI/ASSE A10.48-2016

Criteria for Safety Practices with the Construction, Demolition, Modification and Maintenance of Communication Structures

This standard establishes minimum criteria for safe work practices and training for personnel performing work on communication structures including antenna and antenna supporting structures, broad-cast and other similar structures supporting communication related equipment.


ANSI/ASSE A10.49-2015

Control of Chemical Health Hazards in Construction and Demolition Operations

This standard establishes the minimum requirements for controlling health risks from chemicals and toxic substances used or encountered in construction and demolition operations. It establishes procedures for identifying and evaluating chemical hazards and exposures, and for selecting and using appropriate controls and practices to reduce health risks.


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