OSHA's field staff have now been instructed that for the first three months in which the new directive is in effect, the agency will not issue fall protection citations to home builders who are using the protective measures in the old residential construction fall protection directive (STD 03-00-001). Instead, where necessary, OSHA will issue a hazard alert letter informing the builder of the feasible methods that can be used to comply with OSHA’s fall protection standard or the need for a written fall protection plan to be implemented. If the builder’s practices do not meet the minimum requirements set in the old directive — or if a company fails to implement the fall protection measures outlined in a hazard alert letter and during a subsequent inspection OSHA should find violations involving the same hazards — the agency will at that time issue a citation.
In addition, OSHA has announced that it is increasing the dollar amounts of fines associated with citations. Fines are expect to increase from an average of $1,000 to $4,000. The maximum penalty is $70,000. Click here to read a detailed assessment of OSHA's new fines in NAHB's EH&S Monthly newsletter.
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction (29 CFR 1926.451)
- Fall Protection, construction (29 CFR 1926.501)
- Ladders, construction (29 CFR 1926.1053)
- Fall Protection, training requirements (29 CFR 1926.503)
- Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200)
- General Safety & Health Provisions (29 CFR 1926.20)
- Head Protection (29 CFR 1926.100)
- Aerial Lifts (29 CFR 1926.453)
- Eye & Face Protection (29 CFR 1926.102)
- Excavation, specific excavation requirements (29 CFR 1926.651)
- Conducting an assessment to identify and correct safety hazards on the job site.
- Conducting appropriate safety training for employees — such as fall protection and ladder safety training.
- Updating records and making sure they are readily available.
- Understanding the OSHA inspection process.