New Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations
With housing permits up, contractors and builders should be aware that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing new standards for residential construction. The new regulations pertain to fall protection and likely will affect all residential contractors and builders. These fall protection regulations are a codification of interim guidelines set by OSHA.
The new fall protection regulations apply to activities conducted at a height of six feet or more. The former standard of twenty-five feet soon will no longer be applicable. Further, the contractor or builder will have the burden to prove that compliance with the new regulations is infeasible or will create a greater hazard. The new regulations can be found at 29 CFR 1926.501(b).
While there have not been a significant number of changes to OSHA regulations in the years past, it appears that more changes to OSHA regulations are on the horizon.