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Spika Design and Manufacturing - Quick Guide to OSHA's Fall Protection Standard Update (2017)

May 31, 2017View for printing

The 2017 update to the OSHA standard for fall protection compliance (1910 Subpart D) implements terminology that didn't exist in the previous version of the standard. For those of you who knew the pre-2017 standard by heart, here's a quick-reference breakdown of the current standard terminology compared to what was used before 2017.

The most significant change with the 2017 update is that the generic term for anything that is a mobile work platform is now called a "mobile ladder stand platform" (even if it has a staircase instead of a ladder). OSHA has also redefined standard railing as a "guardrail system," and portable metal ladders are now "mobile ladder stands."

By Bekhi Spika

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