Approximately 200,000 serious (lost-workday) injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually among workers directly affected by the final standard.
New and updated sections of include the following: Subpart D - Walking-Working Surfaces The rule requires employers to protect employees from fall hazards along unprotected sides or edges that are at least 4 feet above a lower level.It also sets requirements for fall protection in specific situations, such as hoist areas, runways, areas above dangerous equipment, wall openings, repair pits, stairways, and scaffolds.On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final ruling to update and align General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces with Fall Protection Standards.Falls from heights and on the same level of a surface are among the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths.Ladders must be capable of supporting their maximum intended load, while mobile ladder stands and platforms must be capable of supporting four times their maximum intended load.
Each ladder must be inspected before initial use in a work shift to identify defects that could cause injury.
With respect to the ANSI standard update, OSHA will amend ..102 (which currently incorporate by reference ANSI Z87.1-1968) to include the three most recent versions of the ANSI standard, ANSI Z87.1-2010, ANSI Z87.1-2003, and ANSI Z87.1-1989 (R- 1998).
With respect to the inclusion of language from the general industry standard, OSHA will modify certain existing language to make it nearly identical to the language in the general industry standard’s eye and face protection provisions.
The recently published spring 2016 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions for federal agencies provides a look into new OSHA rulemaking activity as well as a status update on regulations already in the works.
The latest agenda includes new regulatory actions that could impact many employers in construction and healthcare, new attention on PELs for styrene, and more.
OSHA recently released its annual list of the year’s most-cited safety and health violations, which it formulates based on the results of more than 30,000 OSHA workplace inspections.