OSHA delays new floor safety standards until June 2015

DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AB80 Publication ID: Fall 2014


Title: Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)
Abstract: In 1990, OSHA published a proposed a rule (55 FR 13360) addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards and establishing requirements for personal fall protection systems. Slips, trips, and falls are among the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities. Since that time, new technologies and procedures have become available to protect employees from these hazards. The Agency has been working to update these rules to reflect current technology. As a result of issues raised in comments to the 1990 NPRM, OSHA published a notice to reopen the rulemaking for comment on May 2, 2003. Based on comments received on the 2003 notice, OSHA determined that the rule proposed in 1990 was out-of-date and did not reflect current industry practice or technology. The Agency published a second proposed rule on May 24, 2010, which reflected current information and increased consistency with other OSHA standards. Hearings were held on January 18 through 21, 2011.
Agency: Department of Labor(DOL) Priority: Economically Significant
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage
Major: Yes Unfunded Mandates: No
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910, subparts D and I (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)


Legal Deadline:  None

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM 04/10/1990 55 FR 13360
NPRM Comment Period End 08/22/1990
Hearing 09/11/1990 55 FR 29224
Reopen Record 05/02/2003 68 FR 23527
Comment Period End 07/31/2003
Second NPRM 05/24/2010 75 FR 28861
Second NPRM Comment Period End 08/23/2010
Notice of Informal Hearing 11/12/2010 75 FR 69369
Public Hearing 01/18/2011
Analyze Comments 08/26/2011
Final Rule 06/00/2015


Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No Government Levels Affected: None
Federalism: No
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No
Agency Contact:
William Perry
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678
Email: perry.bill@dol.gov

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