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Occupational Safety and Health Administration


RIN: 1218-AB80

Publication ID: Fall 2010

Title: Walking Working Surfaces and Personal Fall Protection Systems (Slips, Trips, and Fall Prevention)

Abstract: In 1990, OSHA proposed a rule (55 FR 13360) addressing slip, trip, and fall hazards and establishing requirements for personal fall protection systems. Slips, trips, and falls are among the leading causes of work-related injuries and fatalities. Since that time, new technologies and procedures have become available to protect employees from these hazards. The Agency has been working to update these rules to reflect current technology. OSHA published a notice to re-open the rulemaking for comment on May 2, 2003, because a number of issues were raised in the NPRM record. As a result of the comments received on that notice, OSHA has determined that the rule proposed in 1990 is out-of-date and does not reflect current industry practice or technology. The Agency published a second NPRM on May 24, 2010, which was modified to reflect current information as well as reassess the impact. Hearings will be held in January 2011.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)

Priority: Economically Significant

RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda

Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage

Major: Yes

Unfunded Mandates: No

CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1910, subparts D and I (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)

Legal Authority: 29 USC 655(b)

Legal Deadline: None




FR Cite



55 FR 13360

NPRM Comment Period End





55 FR 29224

Reopen Record


68 FR 23527

Comment Period End



Second NPRM


75 FR 28861

Second NPRM Comment Period End



Notice of Informal Hearing


75 FR 69369

Public Hearing



Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism: No

Included in the Regulatory Plan: No

RIN Data Printed in the FR: No

Agency Contact:
Dorothy Dougherty
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678