Oregon OSHA Construction Depot Safety and health newsletter for the Oregon construction industry

April 20, 2017

Changes coming to Oregon OSHA's general industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment rules

The proposed changes are the result of federal OSHA's recent final rule Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems), published in the Federal Register on Nov. 18, 2016.

The federal final rule revised the previous walking-working surfaces rules in 1910 subpart D and created new rules for fall protection systems in subpart I.

Oregon OSHA is proposing to adopt OSHA's final rules with some exceptions.

Oregon OSHA's proposed rules include significant revisions to Division 2, Subdivision D – Walking-Working Surfaces, and to the fall protection requirements Division 2, Subdivision I – Personal Protective Equipment.

The final public hearing on the proposed changes was April 13 in Medford. The comment period for the proposed rules ends Thursday, April 20, 2017. To comment:

By letter:
Department of Consumer and Business Services/Oregon OSHA
350 Winter St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-3882

The proposed general industry rules will also improve consistency with Oregon OSHA's existing construction rules, which will make compliance easier for employers whose employees do construction and general industry work.

Oregon OSHA must complete this rule adoption process by May 18, 2017. Should these proposed rules be adopted, they tentatively will become effective Nov. 1, 2017.

Learn more about the proposed rules and read the proposed changes here.