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OSHA Proposes Sweeping Fall Protection/PPE Rule Revisions

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a notice of proposed rulemaking to require improved worker protection from trip, slip and fall hazards on walking and working surfaces.  The notice appeared in the May 24 Federal Register.

The proposal is an overhaul of current General Industry standards at 29CFR1910, subpart D, “Walking-Working Surfaces.”  OSHA notes that most of its existing standards for walking-working surfaces are more than 30 years old and inconsistent with both national consensus standards and more-recently promulgated OSHA standards addressing fall protection.

 To view a summary of the changes proposed, please click here: http://www.meatinstitute.org/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/60044

Comments on the proposed rule will be accepted until August 23, 2010.  The AMI Worker Safety Committee plans to draft comments regarding this proposal.  OSHA has promised a public hearing on the revised changes to be held after the public comment period.   To review the complete proposed rulemaking notice go to:   http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-10418.pdf   

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