OSHA has announced a 3 month “phase-in” for residential construction fall protection. The reason for the delay is to ensure contractors have time to successfully come in to compliance with the new ruling. From OSHA’s website:
The three month phase-in period runs June 16 – September 15, 2011. During this time, if the employer is in full compliance with the old directive (STD 03-00-001), OSHA will not issue citations, but will instead issue a hazard alert letter informing the employer of the feasible methods they can use to comply with OSHA’s fall protection standard or implement a written fall protection plan. If the employer’s practices do not meet the requirements set in the old directive, OSHA will issue appropriate citations.
So now you and your crews have an additional 90 days to comply. Hopefully this will give you and us time to fulfill your requirements for fall protection to comply with O.S.H.A.’s new standard. As we all know, O.S.H.A. is a self funded agency. They are funded by fines!