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Key Residential Safety Regulations Clarified By OSHA

Key Residential Safety Regulations Clarified By OSHA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration have withdrawn the interim fall protection guidelines pertaining to residential construction, issued in 1995, and have reverted to the previous guidelines.

The interim guideline was implemented in 1995 as a temporary policy, which allows employers to use alternate measures for fall protection without providing a written, site-specific plan or proving the practicality of the conventional fall-protection systems for a particular project.

Before 1995, builders were required to provide conventional fall protection for workers involved in residential construction working at 6 feet or more above a lower level. If workers felt the conventional fall-protection techniques were not feasible or could create greater risks, they would have to provide a written fall protection plan using alternative fall protection techniques.

Now, OSHA has eliminated the interim guideline and has reverted back to the previous 1995 regulation. The new directive requires employers to comply with 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13), that eliminates confusion in the residential construction industry as to which methods or systems of fall protection must be used and would comply with OSHA’s requirement for home building industry. It will be also to put the work into practice according to the letter.

This guideline provides more flexibility for employers, which also allows them to execute a written fall protection plan if they feel the conventional systems are not practicable or create a greater hazard.