According to reports from ISSA, up to 20 deaths and 3,500 serious injuries could be prevented annually under a proposed rule that would revise requirements governing the prevention of slips, trips, and falls in general industry workplaces, estimates the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), according to Smart HR Manager

The proposed rule revises OSHA's Subparts D and I of the general industry standards related to ladders, scaffolds, and fall protection, among other things.  The rules also include the general requirement that employers keep places of employment, passageways, storerooms and service rooms clean and in a sanitary condition, a requirement that has been widely applied by OSHA to a number of workplace hazards, including combustible dust.

Under the proposal, OSHA also:

  • reiterates the application of the general housekeeping requirement to combustible dust and seeks comment on whether this should be explicitly included in the final rule;
  • proposes several requirements for rope descent systems, commonly used in window cleaning operations;
  • reiterates the fundamental duty to provide fall protection in general industry when employees could fall a distance of 4-feet or greater; and
  • proposes to eliminate the use of body belts as part of personal fall arrest systems in general industry operations.