Here you will find information about upcoming OSHA regulatory updates. We've also provided resources to the governing agencies that have proposed and/or released the new standards.
All other states with state plans
OSHA issued a final rule updating its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes a new section under the general industry Personal Protective Equipment standards that establishes employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.
The final rule's most significant update is allowing employers to select the fall protection system that works best for them, choosing from a range of accepted options including personal fall protection systems.
The rule also allows employers to:
• Use rope descent systems up to 300 feet above a lower level
• Prohibit the use of body belts as part of a personal fall arrest system
• Require worker training on personal fall protection systems and other equipment designed for falls
Effective JANUARY 17, 2017.
This new rule will dramatically lower workplace exposure to beryllium, a strategically important material that can cause devastating lung diseases. The new beryllium standards for general industry, construction and shipyards will require employers to take additional, practical measures to protect an estimated 62,000 workers from these serious risks.
Beryllium is a strong, lightweight metal used in the aerospace, electronics, energy, telecommunication, medical and defense industries. However, it is highly toxic when beryllium-containing materials are processed in a way that releases airborne beryllium dust, fume, or mist into the workplace air that can be then inhaled by workers, potentially damaging their lungs.
Effective JANUARY 06, 2017.