New OSHA General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces & Fall Protection Regulations

On January 17th, 2017 OSHA released new walking-working surfaces and fall protection regulations for general industry employers.  These rules will affect every employer with walking and working surfaces, so unless you work on the international space station, this likely applies to you.

Fall Protection in General Industry Compliance Kit

Check out the Fall Protection in General Industry Compliance Kit for training materials, a safety plan, forms, and certifications.



New General Industry Fall Protection Regulations Go Live Janua...

Jeremy trudges through the snow to explain the new General Industry Fall Protection regulations that will affect every business.

Posted by XO Safety on Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Highlights of the Changes

Walking - Working Surfaces

  • Employers are required to provide walking-working surfaces free of hazards.
  • Employers are required to keep work spaces clean and orderly.
  • Employers are required to conduct regular inspections on all walking-working surfaces.


  • Fixed ladder will require ladder safety systems for heights over 24 feet.

Duty To Provide Fall Protection

  • Employees who work 4 feet or more above a lower level must be protected by fall protection.
  • Workers must be protected from falling into hazardous equipment.
  • Unique fall protection requirements apply to billboards, hoist areas, service pits, scaffolding, and material handling areas.

Permissible Fall Protection Systems

  •  The employer is now permitted to use safety nets and personal fall protection systems.

Training Requirements

  • Employees must be trained on:
    • Nature of the fall hazards in the work area and how to recognize them.
    • Procedures to minimize fall hazards.
    • Procedures for installing, inspecting, operating, maintaining, and disassembling personal fall protection systems.
    • Correct use of fall protection equipment.
    • Walking working surfaces and fall protection regulations.




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