New OSHA Residential Fall Protection Guidelines

On Dec. 16, 2010 OSHA rescinded STD 03-00-001 – STD 3-0.1A – Plain Language Revision of OSHA Instruction STD 3.1, Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction which had been in place since 1995. This directive allowed employers doing specified residential construction activities to comply with the requirements of OSHA’s Subpart M by implementing alternative fall protection and work procedures prescribed in the directive, however without a prior showing of infeasibility or greater hazard and without a written fall protection plan. OSHA did not intend STD 3.1 to be a permanent policy and it has been replaced by STD 03-11-002 Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction, which becomes effective June 16, 2011.  To read about the major changes in the rule, click here.

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