Ever since OSHA proposed updates to its 1910 general industry fall protection regulations in May 2010, I have been encouraging people to read the regulatory language and plan for implementation of new rules. If you haven’t already, the time is now.
According to the U.S. Government’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs website, the OSHA 1910 regulations are in “Final Rule Stage” and will be released in August 2013.
A published release date is a major step toward solidifying the long overdue regulation updates, although there are still many unknowns related to these rules. The fall protection industry has been calling for these changes for decades. We all need to do our part to put these new rules into practice.
The regulatory document is lengthy and difficult to process, so give yourself some time to read the proposed language and digest the information. Then, relate it to your program and develop an implementation plan before the final document is released.
To read the entire OSHA proposed regulation, click this link. The proposed regulatory text is on pages 29131-29153. (Please note: this is a large file and may take a few moments to open.)
You can also view a free recorded webinar I gave on this topic in August 2010. In the 90-minute webinar, you will learn regulation background, reasons for the changes, a summary of key issues and recommended takeaways. I also provided an update on the proposed regulations after public comments in March 2011.
For me, the most impactful change from the proposed rules is the requirement for fall hazard surveys. What elements will directly impact your organization the most?