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1910.269(w)(5) Protection Against Drowning
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Whenever an employee may be pulled or pushed, or might fall, into water where the danger of drowning exists, the employer shall provide the employee with, and shall ensure that the employee uses, a U.S. Coast Guardapproved personal flotation device.
An employee may cross streams or other bodies of water only if a safe means of passage, such as a bridge, is available.
The employer shall maintain each personal flotation device in safe condition and shall inspect each personal flotation device frequently enough to ensure that it does not have rot, mildew, water saturation, or any other condition that could render the device unsuitable for use.