Washington State Proposes Updates to Fall Protection Standards for Worker Safety

Washington State Proposes Updates to Fall Protection Standards for Worker Safety

State safety regulators seek stakeholder feedback on draft changes to fall protection rules.

Washington's Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) is taking significant steps to revise fall protection regulations to enhance worker safety, specifically in leading-edge work, safety monitor systems and roofing activities on low-pitched roofs. The move comes after the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) received advice from the federal OSHA pushing for amendments to ensure the state’s regulations align with federal standards.

In response to OSHA's call for a regulation review, L&I is now actively engaging with stakeholders through public meetings to gather input on the proposed draft changes. These updates to Chapter 296-880 WAC—the Unified safety standards for fall protection—are critical to maintaining worker protection during high-risk activities. The input sessions are scheduled for Nov. 8, 2023, in Spokane and Nov. 14, 2023, in Tukwila.

The draft language suggests more rigorous criteria for safety monitor systems and enhanced measures for roofing work. By adjusting the state's standards, Washington aims to reinforce its commitment to preventing workplace injuries due to falls. The stakeholder meetings will shape the final regulations, ensuring they are effective for implementation across various industries.

For more information on L&I, visit the department’s official website.

About the Author

Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor of Occupational Health & Safety.

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