Walking-working surfaces rule back at OMB

Revisions to include new technology for fall protection systems

Posted June 27, 2016

As of June 22, the walking-working surfaces final rule is back at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and pending review. OSHA had previously withdrawn the rule from OMB review in December 2015.

According to the latest information available, the revisions to the 29 CFR 1910 Subpart D and I standards include new technology (including personal fall protection systems) and industry methods. The revisions reorganize the rule in a clearer, more logical manner, and provide greater compliance flexibility.

Additionally, the revisions will increase consistency between construction, maritime, and general industry standards, and eliminate duplication.

Other than reappearing on the OMB agenda, OSHA has not provided any further details on the rule.


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