OSHA Updates to Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards
OSHA’s Final Rule to Update, Align, and Provide Greater Flexibility in its General Industry Walking – Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards
Did you know?
Falls from heights and on the same level (a working surface) are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths.
A new OSHA rule on General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards took effect in 2017. The new rule updates general industry standards and adds requirements for personal fall protection systems.
OSHA estimates that these changes will prevent 29 fatalities and 5,842 lost-workday injuries every year.
What can you do?
The new rule provides situation-specific solutions in that it eliminates the use of guardrails as a primary fall protection method and allows employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems they believe will work best in a particular situation.
Employers will be able to choose from relevant protection systems such as a Guardrail, Safety Net, Personal Fall Arrest, Positioning, Travel Restraint or Ladder Safety as they deem appropriate.
Employers must make sure that workers who use personal fall protection and work in other specified high hazard situations are trained, and retrained as necessary, about fall and equipment hazards, including fall protection systems