On Nov. 18, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule to update standards regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment (PPE). The final rule becomes effective on Jan. 17, 2017; however, OSHA is allowing additional time for employers to comply with certain standards, including:
- Employee training on fall and equipment hazards
- Certification of anchorages
- Equipping existing fixed ladders with cages, wells, safety systems or personal fall arrest systems
- Equipping new fixed ladders with safety systems or personal fall arrest systems
The final rule increases consistency between the general and construction industry fall protection standards and allows employers to choose the system that best works for them.