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• Title: Intro to 29 CFR Part 1910 and 1926, Safety Standards for Fall Protection in the Construction Industry


Occupational Safety and Health Administration

29 CFR Parts 1910 and 1926

RIN 1218-AA66

[Docket No. S-206]

Safety Standards for Fall Protection in the Construction Industry

AGENCY: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hereby revises the construction industry safety standards which regulate fall protection systems and procedures. These systems and procedures are intended to prevent employees from falling off, onto or through working levels and to protect employees from falling objects.

The final rule corrects problems which have arisen during enforcement of the existing standards. In this final rule, OSHA either maintains or increases the requirements for protection from those hazards, but does so using more performance-oriented criteria where possible, rather than specification-oriented language. The final rule also consolidates and simplifies many of the existing provisions. This rulemaking is another step in OSHA's plan to review its safety standards and to revise them as necessary to provide safer working conditions without imposing unnecessary burdens.

In addition, the final rule makes one change to a provision in the Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry. In particular, Sec. 1910.269 -- Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; Electrical Protective Equipment which contains a requirement in paragraph (f)(2) that personal fall arrest equipment meet the requirements of subpart E of Part 1926. That provision has been revised to require the equipment to meet the requirements of revised subpart M of Part 1926.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This final rule becomes effective February 6, 1995.

ADDRESSES: In compliance with 28 U.S.C. 2112(a), the Agency designates for receipt of petitions for review of the standard, the Associate Solicitor for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of the Solicitor, Room S