Quick Guide to OSHA's Fall Protection Standard Update (2017)
May 31, 2017
The 2017 update to the OSHA standard for fall protection compliance (1910 Subpart D) implements terminology that didn't exist in the previous version of the standard. For those of you who knew the pre-2017 standard by heart, here's a quick-reference breakdown of the current standard terminology compared to what was used before 2017.
The most signifcant change with the 2017 update is that the generic term for anything that is a mobile work platform is now called a "mobile ladder stand platform" (even if it has a staircase instead of a ladder). OSHA has also redefined standard railing as a "guardrail system," and portable metal ladders are now "mobile ladder stands."
Be sure to check out the employer deadlines at the bottom of this post and read more about the key five OSHA standards for industrial work platforms.
|Old Terms||New Terms|
|Manually Propelled Ladder Stands||Mobile Ladder Stand Platform|
|Standard Railing||Guardrail System|
|Portable Metal Ladder||Mobile Ladder Stand|
OSHA STANDARD 1910.21-30
|Old §1910 Subpart D||Standard Number||New §1910 Subpart D|
|Scope and Definitions||1910.21||Scope and Definitions|
|General Requirements||1910.22||General Requirements|
|Guarding Floor and
Wall Openings and Holes
|Fixed Industrial Stairs||1910.24||Step Bolts and Manhole Steps|
|Portable Wood Ladders||1910.25||Stairways|
|Portable Metal Ladders||1910.26||Dockboards|
|Fixed Ladders||1910.27||Scaffolds and Rope Descent Systems|
|Safety Requirements for Scaffolding||1910.28||Duty to Have Fall Protection and Falling Object Protection|
|Manually Propelled Mobile Ladder Stands and Scaffolds||1910.29||Fall protection Systems and Falling Object Protection - Criteria and Practices|
|Other Working Surfaces||1910.30||Training Requirements|
- May 17, 2017 | Training workers on fall and equipment hazards
- November 19, 2018 | Installation of fall protection (personal fall arrest systems, ladder safety systems, cages, wells) on existing fixed ladders (over 24 feet) that do not have any fall protection
- November 19, 2018 | Installation of personal fall arrest systems or ladder safety system on all new fixed ladders (over 24 feet) and replacement ladders/ladder sections
- November 18, 2036 | Installation of ladder safety systems or personal fall arrest systems on all fixed ladders (over 24 feet
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