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OSHA Proposed Fall Protection Regulations: Latest Developments

This seminar on proposed fall protection regulations highlights the latest developments in the effort to adopt new general industry policies.

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OSHA Proposed Fall Protection Regulations: Latest Developments

  1. 1. OSHA PROPOSED REGULATIONS: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS MARCH 2011
  2. 2. BOTTOM LINE UPFRONT <ul><li>This regulation is coming </li></ul><ul><li>Cost impact </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of a risk based approach to hazard identification </li></ul>
  3. 3. LEARNING OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Summarize the status of the proposed regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Identify documents of interest </li></ul><ul><li>State actions to assist your organization </li></ul>
  4. 4. AGENDA <ul><li>Background on proposed regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Latest developments from public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps: take-aways </li></ul>
  5. 5. CALL TO ACTION <ul><li>Read Proposed Regulatory Text (pages 29131 to 29153) </li></ul><ul><li>Submit comments that either address the issues that OSHA has identified or affects your industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Implement ANSI Z359.2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall hazard survey report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work to eliminate all fall hazards </li></ul>
  6. 6. BACKGROUND <ul><li>1971 – 29CFR 1910 Subpart D was adopted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Originally based on pre-1971 ANSI standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little change since adoption </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not consistent with standards developed for shipyards and construction </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1973 – OSHA proposed revision </li></ul><ul><li>1976 – OSHA withdrew proposed revision </li></ul>
  7. 7. BACKGROUND-cont. <ul><li>1984 – OSHA issues Std 1-1.13 </li></ul><ul><li>1990 – OSHA proposed another revision </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reorganize, update and clarify the subpart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add personal fall protection requirements to subpart I </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2003 – Rulemaking record reopened </li></ul><ul><li>2005 – Decide to redraft entire rule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments that 1990 rule was outdated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did not give adequate consideration to newer technology </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May 24, 2010 – OSHA issues proposed subparts D & I </li></ul>
  8. 8. WHY UPDATE THE REGULATION? <ul><li>Reduce fall injuries and fatalities by </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updating to include new technology (PFAS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updating to include new industry standards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reorganizes rule in clearer manner </li></ul><ul><li>Provides greater compliance flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Written in plain language </li></ul><ul><li>Increases consistency with construction and maritime regulations </li></ul>
  9. 9. ITEMS OF INTEREST – TOP 10 <ul><li>10. ANSI vs. OSHA </li></ul><ul><li>9. OSHA is making 1910 consistent with 1926 and 1918 </li></ul><ul><li>8. Designating anchorages </li></ul><ul><li>7. Number of fatalities this addresses </li></ul><ul><li>6. Lack of reference to STD1-1.13 </li></ul>
  10. 10. ITEMS OF INTEREST – TOP 10 <ul><li>5. Allows use of PFAS in situations where fall hazard is 4 feet </li></ul><ul><li>4. Unprotected edge issue and use of less protective in short term situations </li></ul><ul><li>3. Inconsistency for load rating of nets vs. fall arrest anchors </li></ul><ul><li>Cost considerations </li></ul><ul><li>1. Grandfather clause </li></ul>
  11. 11. NOTABLE OMISSIONS <ul><li>Reference to STD 1-1.13 </li></ul><ul><li>Competent person authority </li></ul><ul><li>Hierarchy of control observance </li></ul><ul><li>Inspection exemption similar to 1926 </li></ul><ul><li>Load rating </li></ul>
  12. 12. NOTABLE OMISSIONS <ul><li>Snap hook gate strength </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent letter of interpretation from October 13, 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Equipment for free fall > 6’ </li></ul><ul><li>Heavy weight worker </li></ul><ul><li>Fall back on ladder safety devices is not addressed </li></ul><ul><li>SRL or VLL over an edge </li></ul><ul><li>More on rescue </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety and Health Information Bulletin from 2004 </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. AGENDA <ul><li>Background on proposed regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Latest developments from public hearings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Docket website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.regulations.gov/#!searchResults;rpp=10;po=0;s=OSHA-2007-0072 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Timeline of process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Docket </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topics of interest </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Next steps: take-aways </li></ul>
  14. 14. TIMELINE OF PROCESS <ul><li>May 24, 2010: Proposed standard issued </li></ul><ul><li>August 24, 2010: Comments on proposed standard due </li></ul><ul><li>November 12, 2010: Notice of public hearing </li></ul><ul><li>January 18-21, 2011: Informal public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>March 7, 2011: Follow-up information to hearings </li></ul><ul><li>April 6, 2011: Final comments due </li></ul>
  15. 15. TIMELINE OF PROCESS <ul><li>Public input is likely over!! </li></ul><ul><li>Future: 6 months or MORE </li></ul><ul><ul><li>OSHA analyzes the docket </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OSHA drafts final rule </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Legislative process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Both Houses of Congress vote </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>President signs </li></ul></ul></ul>
  16. 16. TYPES OF DOCUMENTS <ul><li>Docket contains 504 documents as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed rule – 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and related material – 52 </li></ul><ul><li>Other (transcripts) – 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Public submission (largest amount of data) – 444 as of 2 March </li></ul>
  17. 17. TYPES OF DOCUMENTS <ul><li>Docket contains 504 documents as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed rule – 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and related material – 52 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Other OSHA documents (LOIs, SHIB, variances, etc.) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reference standards (ANSI, ASTM, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Injury/Illness data from variety of sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-hearing guidelines and post-hearing order </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other (transcripts) – 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Public submission (largest amount of data) – 444 as of 2 March </li></ul>
  18. 18. TYPES OF DOCUMENTS <ul><li>Docket contains 504 documents as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed rule – 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and related material – 52 </li></ul><ul><li>Other (transcripts) – 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Public submission (largest amount of data) – 444 as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments for August 24, 2010 deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intent to speak </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. TYPES OF DOCUMENTS <ul><li>Docket contains 504 documents as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed rule – 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and related material – 52 </li></ul><ul><li>Other (transcripts) – 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Public submission (largest amount of data) – 444 as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments for August 24, 2010 deadline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intent to speak </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some documents that are copyrighted or confidential provide the following message: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This document is copyrighted material. A copy is available for viewing in the OSHA Docket Office/Technical Data Center, FPB, 200 Constitution Avenue, Rm. N2625, Washington, DC 20210 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  20. 20. SORTING OF DOCUMENTS <ul><li>Title of document </li></ul><ul><li>Document type (see previous) </li></ul><ul><li>Agency (only OSHA in this case) </li></ul><ul><li>Document ID – 330 unique items as of 2 March </li></ul><ul><li>Posted date </li></ul>
  21. 21. DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST <ul><li>Proposed regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Comments from organizations that are related to your industry including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Similar organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Service providers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Comments from equipment manufacturers and ISEA </li></ul><ul><li>Reference documents </li></ul>
  22. 22. TOPICS OF INTEREST <ul><li>Contentious issues – public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Common objections – submissions </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts of hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul>
  23. 23. TOPICS OF INTEREST <ul><li>Contentious issues – public hearings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Window cleaning and specifically the use of RDS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>If anyone or any tasks are exempt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Manufacturers’ view </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Outdoor advertising </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>National Chimney Sweep Guild </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Common objections – submissions </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts of hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul>
  24. 24. TOPICS OF INTEREST <ul><li>Contentious issues – public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Common objections – submissions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Competent person definition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction vs. maintenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public employees, especially police and tactical operations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Insurance industry – inspection exemption </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Transcripts of hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul>
  25. 25. TOPICS OF INTEREST <ul><li>Contentious issues – public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Common objections – submissions </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts of hearings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>View of manufacturers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul>
  26. 26. TOPICS OF INTEREST <ul><li>Contentious issues – public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Common objections – submissions </li></ul><ul><li>Transcripts of hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Miscellaneous </li></ul><ul><ul><li>NFPA comments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Small business administration </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. AGENDA <ul><li>Background on proposed regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Latest developments from public hearings </li></ul><ul><li>Next steps: take-aways </li></ul>
  28. 28. SUBMITTING COMMENTS <ul><li>Due April 6, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Submit electronically online, fax or regular mail </li></ul><ul><li>Include Docket No. OSHA-2007-0072 </li></ul>
  29. 29. LEARNING OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Summarize the status of the proposed regulation </li></ul><ul><li>Identify documents of interest </li></ul><ul><li>State actions to assist your organization </li></ul>
  30. 30. CALL TO ACTION <ul><li>Read Proposed Regulatory Text (pages 29131 to 29153) </li></ul><ul><li>Submit comments that either address the issues that OSHA has identified or affects your industry. </li></ul><ul><li>Implement ANSI Z359.2 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fall hazard survey report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Work to eliminate all fall hazards </li></ul>
  31. 31. OSHA PROPOSED REGULATIONS: LATEST DEVELOPMENTS MARCH 2011

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