December 10, 2012
This memorandum provides policy guidance for enforcement of the residential fall protection directive (Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, STD 03-11-002). Please share this information with the State Plans and On-site Consultation Projects in your Region, and ensure that all Area Offices follow this continued temporary policy. OSHA will continue the temporary enforcement measures (including priority compliance assistance, penalty reductions and lengthened abatement periods) we have been taking and extend them for an additional three months. All policy and instructions contained in the September 22, 2011 residential fall protection memorandum will continue in effect until March 15, 2013.
Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace death in construction. Over the past year and a half, OSHA has assisted the residential construction industry as it transitions to the fall protection requirements. For example, in 2012, OSHA's On-site Consultation Projects conducted over 3,000 on-site visits, 1,000 training sessions and 500 presentations on residential fall protection. OSHA's Compliance Assistance Specialists conducted over 1,200 outreach activities. Also in 2012, we implemented a fall prevention awareness campaign that reached hundreds of thousands of workers and employers. Our Compliance Safety and Health Officers and Area Directors continue to demonstrate to the industry that OSHA is taking a common-sense approach when enforcing the requirements.
OSHA will continue to work with employers to facilitate compliance with the policy. OSHA will continue to develop materials to assist the industry, adding to the wide variety of educational and training materials found on the webpages for residential construction at http://www.osha.gov/doc/topics/residentialprotection/index.html and the Fall Prevention Campaign at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls/index.html.
September 22, 2011
Effective immediately and until March 15, 2012, the following general policy guidance is to be followed for enforcement of the new residential fall protection directive (Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, STD 03-11-002) and for compliance assistance related to that directive. Please share this information with the State Plans and On-site Consultation Projects in your region, and ensure that all Area Offices follow this temporary policy.
All of the measures described in this policy apply only to employers that are, at a minimum, following the old directive (STD 03-00-001). If the employer is not complying with either the new directive or the old directive, the Area Director shall issue appropriate citations.
As a resource, an OSHApedia page with examples of feasible fall protection for various scenarios can be accessed at http://oshapedia.osha.gov/mediawiki/index.php/DOC or by going to the DOC section from the OSHApedia home page.Back to Top
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