OSHA's Final Fall Protection Rule: Understanding New And Changing Requirements For General Industry
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Alert: OSHA’s newly released final rule will make substantive changes to existing fall protection requirements for general industry.
The rule, which covers slips, trips, and falls (i.e., walking and working surfaces) in the general industry workplaces, is expansive. It covers not only floors, but also potential falls from ladders, scaffolds, towers, outdoor advertising signs, and similar surfaces where accidents could result in serious injury or death.
The rule has been under development since 1990. The goal of this updated rule is to protect workers from falls, a leading cause of work-related injuries and fatalities, by establishing requirements for personal fall protection systems. The rule is also intended to increase consistency between construction, maritime, and general industry standards, and eliminate any duplication.
As a result, the final rule requires equipment and procedural changes in millions of workplaces across the United States.
Join us when Adele Abrams, a seasoned safety lawyer, will discuss and analyze the changes that come along with OSHA’s newest rule revisions. Ms. Abrams will provide information that will help you keep your safety program compliant.
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- The key differences between existing standards and the new requirements
- How the new standards compare with current national consensus standards
- Which OSHA case law finding and policy documents have been altered as a result of the standard modifications
- What enforcement initiatives are likely to result from OSHA’s adoption of the new rule
- And much more!
Attorney Adele Abrams, CMSP
Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C.
Adele Abrams, Esq., CMSP, an attorney, safety professional and firm president of the Law Offices of Adele L. Abrams P.C. is recognized as a national expert on occupational safety and health. Ms. Abrams heads a ten-attorney firm that represents employers and contractors nationwide in OSHA and MSHA litigation, and provides safety and health training, auditing, and consultation services. She is a Certified Mine Safety Professional, and a Department of Labor–approved trainer. Ms. Abrams is on the adjunct faculty of Catholic University in Washington, DC, where she teaches employment and labor law.
Ms. Abrams is also a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is co-author of several safety-related textbooks. She is chair of the National Safety Council’s Business & Industry Division committee on regulatory and legal affairs. She is admitted to the Bars of MD, DC and PA, as well as multiple federal courts including the US Supreme Court.
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