Two of the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths in the United States are falls from heights and slips, trips, or falls on the same level (or working surfaces). As a result, OSHA has issued the final rule updates to Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems.
The final rule updates and clarifies the existing general industry standards that have not been updated since their inception in 1971. By adding training and inspection requirements, the rule incorporates advances in technology and industry best practices to provide effective worker protection.
The rule affects a wide range of general industry workers while addressing the issues of slips, trips, and fall hazards and adding requirements for personal fall protection systems.
Since the final rule became effective, OSHA also provided delayed or phased-in compliance dates for several requirements in the final rule. These include:
If you are concerned you may have missed the dates on any of these deadlines, don’t worry!
Contact Robert Ridpath CSP, CFEI at firstname.lastname@example.org
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