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Title: Residential Fall Protection Program Update
- Why the rescission?
-Never intended to be a permanent resolution.
-Fall protection is safe and feasible for the vast majority of residential construction activities.
-OSHA received recommendations to rescind the interim directive.
-The residential fall protection requirements have always been established in Subpart M at 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13). The new policy directive implements the standard as originally intended.
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At the bottom right is OSHA's logo.
So, why did OSHA rescind the old directive? Well, the truth is ... it hasn't been working that well. Statistics still show that fatalities from falls are consistently high for residential construction activities.
And, the Agency never intended the old directive to be a permanent policy. All along, OSHA stated that the guidance would remain in effect until further notice or until completion of a new formal rulemaking effort.
And since that time, there have been significant advances in the types and capability of commercially available fall protection equipment available for use in residential construction.