OSHA withdraws proposed reconsideration of AZ State Plan’s final approval

Says State has successfully implemented federal residential construction fall protection standard

Posted July 29, 2019

In a July 26 Federal Register notice, OSHA said it has withdrawn its proposed reconsideration of the Arizona State Plan’s final approval status. The withdrawal comes after Arizona adopted the federal residential construction fall protection standard, and OSHA determined that it has been successfully implemented.

In August 2014, OSHA proposed to reject Arizona’s residential construction fall protection statute enacted by the state’s legislature and to reconsider the Arizona State Plan’s final approval, stating that Arizona’s requirements for residential construction fall protection were not at least as effective as OSHA’s federal standard, as required by the OSH Act.

In February 2015, OSHA said it decided to reject Arizona’s standard for fall protection on residential construction. At the same time, the Agency delayed a decision on the simultaneously proposed action of reconsidering the Arizona State Plan’s final approval, to allow for Arizona’s repeal of the rejected statute to take effect, and to allow for Arizona’s subsequent enforcement of a standard at least as effective as federal OSHA’s standard.


OSHA Rules for Construction Activities ManualJ. J. Keller's OSHA Rules for Construction Activities Manual provides requirements for key areas of compliance, including steel erection, cranes and derricks, fall protection, scaffolding, personal protective equipment, recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses, and electrical safety.


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