OSHA's Final Fall Protection Rule: Understanding New and Changing Requirements for General Industry

Duration: 90 Minutes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule to update standards regarding walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment (PPE). The final rule becomes effective on Jan. 17, 2017. The presentation will convey information on Prevention through Design, fall prevention techniques and fall protection solutions. Participants in this session will gain a greater awareness of common fall protection issues and best practices. The webinar will provide information that will help you keep your safety program compliant.
OSHA's Final Fall Protection Rule
Instructor: Michael J. Dudek
Product ID: 501948
The final rule applies to all general industry workplaces and covers all walking-working surfaces, unless an exemption applies. The final rule updates existing general industry requirements for walking-working surfaces. The final rule also specifies the criteria these systems must meet to be in compliance with OSHA regulations.

Employers should become familiar with the final rule and evaluate whether they need to make any changes to their policies, procedures, training programs and equipment to comply with the final rule. The final rule adds training requirements for employers. The training requirement under the final rule becomes effective on May 17, 2017. To comply with training requirements, employers must ensure that the training is provided by a qualified person.

Objectives of the Presentation
  • Learn the changes that take place as of June 16 and how they affect the way they comply with OSHA's Fall Protection Regulation
  • Receive guidance on how to comply with OSHA's new directive that rescinded its Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction
  • Understand how a written site-specific fall protection plan is used, including examples of circumstances where it may be warranted
Why should you Attend
OSHA's newly released final rule will make substantive changes to existing fall protection requirements for general industry.

The rule, which covers slips, trips, and falls (i.e., walking and working surfaces) in the general industry workplace, is expansive. It covers not only floors, but also potential falls from ladders, scaffolds, towers, outdoor advertising signs and similar surfaces where accidents could result in serious injury or death.

The rule has been under development since 1990. The goal of this updated rule is to protect workers from falls, a leading cause of work-related injuries and fatalities, by establishing requirements for personal fall protection systems. The rule is also intended to increase consistency between construction, maritime and general industry standards and eliminate any duplication. As a result, the final rule requires equipment and procedural changes in millions of workplaces across the United States.

Join the session with our expert Michael Dudek to discuss and analyze the changes that come along with OSHA's newest rule revisions.

Areas Covered
  • The key differences between existing standards and the new requirements
  • How the new standards compare with current national consensus standards
  • Which OSHA case law finding and policy documents have been altered as a result of the standard modifications
  • What enforcement initiatives are likely to result from OSHA's adoption of the new rule
  • And much more!
Who will Benefit
  • Manufacturers
  • Maintenance Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Company and Facility Health and Safety Managers
  • Warehouse Workers
  • Maintenance Mechanics
  • Skilled Trades Technicians
  • Millwrights
  • Electricians
  • Pipefitters
  • Boiler Engineers
  • Industrial Operators
  • Carpenters
  • Welders
Topic Background
November 17, 2016, OSHA issued the final rule to update its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection standards. According to OSHA's national news release, the rule "will affect approximately 112 million workers at seven million worksites" and "will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,842 injuries annually." The rule will become effective on January 17, 2017, 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. OSHA is providing employers with additional time to implement the following requirements: Deadline by which employers must train employees on fall and equipment hazards is May 17, 2017.
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Instructor Profile:
Michael Dudek is an experienced safety and health professional with a Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University. Mike is an Authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor with extensive experience in both General Industry and Construction.

Mike was also an authorized EMS Safety and American Red Cross Lay Responder First Aid, CPR/AED Instructor and has completed numerous OSHA safety training programs including: OSHA 30 Hour Construction Safety, 10 Hour General Industry Safety, 40 Hour Hazardous Waste Site Worker Training, OSHA Disaster Site Safety Trainer, Fall Protection Competent Person, and other Educational Training programs in areas of Electrical Safety, Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Confined Space Entry, Hazard Communication, Aerial Lift Safety, Rigging/Hoisting, and Ladder Safety.

Prior to his work in the Construction Industry, Mike spent more than 25 years as a Millwright Welder as well as the Skilled Trades Trainer and Rep for General Motors. During his time at GM, he played an integral part in founding the first departmental Safety Committee for his facility.
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