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Stay Updated - New Rules On The Horizon for OSHA

OSHA logoThose of you concerned about fall protection equipment at your jobsite should keep your ear to the ground over the next few months. After holding a public hearing in 2011 for the proposed rule, OSHA is now in the Final Rule Stage for additional standards for Personal Protection Equipment (subpart I) in 29 CFR 1910. The rule will provide new criteria for fall protection systems (which currently are not acknowledged in the document) and equipment. In the 2010 proposal notice, OSHA said this new section “would make the general industry standards consistent with existing construction and maritime standards regulating fall protection, as well as current industry practice, and give clear standards on fall protection PPE to employers.”
Additionally, the rule includes revisions to 29 CFR 1910’s Walking Working Surfaces standards in subpart D. OSHA notes that the modifications would make this section more consistent, less redundant and easier to understand. The new rule is estimated by OSHA to prevent 20 fatalities and 3700 injuries each year, and is expected to go into effect in October of this year.

Equipment safety standards play a huge role in overall jobsite safety, so be sure to observe these upcoming amendments and to keep adhering to OSHA standards on your jobsite! To help keep equipment in check, take a look at our inspection and certification tags designed for the needs of the fall protection and height safety industry. 

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