OSHA Standards Update: Walking-Working Surfaces

OSHA Standards Update: Walking-Working Surfaces

On November 17, 2016 OSHA published a new update to a very old regulation. Below is a little snippet from the press release and a few points to review with links to the details. 

"The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems."

Key Points - 

1) The standard is under "General Industry" 29 CFR 1910 which essentially covers most every industry other than construction. BUT you need to know that even traditional Construction Companies often find themselves needing to follow some of these rules too. Don't be caught off-guard. 

2) According to OSHA the new updates help to align "some of the fall protection requirements for general industry with those for construction, easing compliance for employers who perform both types of activities. For example, the final rule replaces the outdated general industry scaffold standards with a requirement that employers comply with OSHA's construction scaffold standards."

3) A fact sheet about the new updates point out very important dates that may affect your team. Here's a snippet: "Most of the rule will become effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, but some provisions have delayed effective dates, including: Ensuring exposed workers are trained on fall hazards (6 months), Ensuring workers who use equipment covered by the final rule are trained (6 months),..."

*Press Release Click Here

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