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Unified Fall Protection

All updates for this rule:

Unified Fall Protection (Chapters 296-155, 296-24, 296-800, 296-32, 296-45, 296-56, 296-59, 296-78, 296-79, 296-301, 296-304, 296-307, 296-863, 296-869, 296-870, 296-874, 296-876, 296-878 WAC)

The purpose of this rulemaking is to review and revise the Departments standards regarding fall protection requirements. This rulemaking could create a new chapter, Chapter 296-880, WAC Unified Fall Protection. In June of 2013 and October of 2015, the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) received notification from the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) relating to DOSHs fall protection standards. The latest notification advised the Department that DOSH needed to amend our fall protection rules in Chapter 296-155 WAC in order for them to be at least as effective as those administered by OSHA. This rulemaking will consider changes to the rules to make them at least as effective as OSHA, as required by the Washington State Plan. In addition, this rulemaking will consider incorporating fall protection requirements from multiple DOSH rules into one chapter applicable to all industries. During public meetings held in the fall of 2016 and 2018, stakeholders supported the creation of a unified fall protection rule and believe it will be easier to implement and help protect workers from fall hazards. By creating a unified fall protection rule, some existing requirements may be changed to ensure alignment and consistency and references to the existing requirements will need updating.845.


PDF: Preproposal (CR-101)

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