Unified Fall Protection Rulemaking

L&I is conducting rulemaking to update the requirements for fall protection contained in Chapter 296-880 WAC, Unified Safety Standards for Fall Protection. L&I Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) initiated this rulemaking in response to a letter received from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  OSHA contends that some provisions of the current rule are not at least as effective as OSHA general industry and construction standards, a requirement of the Washington State Plan.


On July 5, 2022, L&I filed the CR-102, Proposed Rulemaking.  Please see dates below for the Public Hearings and plan to attend.  All hearings will start at the designated time and will continue until all oral comments are received.

Meetings & Timeline

Date (subject to change) Activity
March 21, 2022 Virtual Stakeholder Meeting. See Meeting Summary
March 23, 2022 Virtual Stakeholder Meeting. See Meeting Summary
May 17, 2022 File CR-101 (Preproposal statement of inquiry) WSR 22-11-070.
July 5, 2022​ File CR-102 (Proposed Rulemaking) WSR 22-14-097.
Start public comment period with draft rule language and supporting documents.
August 9, 2022 - 1:00 p.m​ In-Person Public Hearing(s)
Location:  Dept. of Labor & Industries
12806 Gateway Drive
Tukwila, WA  98168
August 11, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. ​ Location:  Hilton Garden Inn Spokane Airport
9015 US -2
Spokane, WA  99224
August 15, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. Virtual Public Hearing via Zoom
Phone: 253-215-8782
Meeting ID: 846 4764 8222
Passcode: 416963061
Tuesday, August 23, 2022 3:00 p.m. Virtual Public Hearing via Zoom
Phone: 253-215 8782
ID: 815 0267 0550
Passcode: 504777495
August 30, 2022 –
5:00 p.m.
Public comment period deadline.
September 20, 2022​ Adopt rule by filing CR-103 form.​
November 1, 2022​ State rule becomes effective.​

Learn more about our rulemaking process and terminology

Rule Drafts & documents

For additional information on Fall Protection Rulemaking meetings, contact Carmyn Shute or 360-902-6081.

Please contact Erich Smith with any technical questions about the Unified Fall Protection rule: Erich Smith or 206-515-2786.

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