Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these states adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some states have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies.
Fall protection, for activities not in the construction industry, is addressed in specific standards for the general industry, shipyard employment, marine terminals and longshoring industry. This section highlights OSHA standards, Federal Registers (rules, proposed rules, and notices), the Regulatory Agenda (a list of actions being taken with regard to OSHA standards), preambles to final rules (background to final rules), directives (instructions for compliance officers), standard interpretations (official letters of interpretation of the standards), example cases, and national consensus standards related to fall protection.
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Shipyard Employment (29 CFR 1915)
Marine Terminals (29 CFR 1917)
Safety and Health Regulations for Longshoring (29 CFR 1918)
For construction-specific information, see the Fall protection - construction standards section.
OSHA Regulatory Agenda
OSHA Federal Registers
OSHA Preambles to Final Rules
OSHA Directives; Instructions to OSHA staff
OSHA Enforcement Standard Interpretations
Electric Power Industry
Note: These are NOT OSHA regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection.
American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
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