OSHA Update of Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards

OSHA has issued a final rule* to update the general industry standards for Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems. The rule is intended to protect workers by updating and clarifying standards, and adding training and inspection requirements. The update affects general industry standards but does not apply to agricultural standards.

The rule became effective January 17, 2017, but some provisions have delayed effective dates, as shown in the chart below, which could impact your business. There is a deadline of May 17, 2017, to train employees on fall and equipment hazards. For more information, please visit https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces/index.html.

*This rule amends 29 C.F.R. 1910, et seq.

Sources: 81 Fed. Reg. pages no. 82494-83006 (Nov. 18, 2016); https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/18/2016-24557/walking-working-surfaces-and-personal-protective-equipment-fall-protection-systems

The text of the changes to the above regulations can be found at: https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces/RegTextWWSFinalRule.pdf

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