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Regulatory Compliance Standards


Adoption of OSHA-approved State Plans, compliance legislation standards and enforcement policies have been implemented in over twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 “In 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that fatal work injuries involving falls decreased 2 percent in 2010 (from 645 in 2009 to 635 in 2010). Overall, fatal falls are down 25 percent from the series high of 847 fatal falls reported in 2007. Since 2007, fatal falls in the private construction industry have decreased by 42 percent. Fatal injuries resulting from being struck by objects or equipment were also lower, down 4 percent in 2010 to 402. " - US Department of Labor – Fall Protection

These statistics directly correlate to Federal efforts to prevent fall accidents through its adopted comprehensive regulatory compliance legislation.  

The general principles of fall protection are:

Regulatory Compliance Legislation References

OSHA Requirements

Note: Twenty-five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands have OSHA-approved State Plans and have adopted their own compliance legislation standards and enforcement policies. For the most part, these States adopt standards that are identical to Federal OSHA. However, some States have adopted different standards applicable to this topic or may have different enforcement policies. General Industry (29 CFR 1910)

National Regulatory Consensus

Note: The following are NOT OSHA compliance legislation regulations. However, they do provide guidance from their originating organizations related to worker protection. American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

Other Regulatory Compliance Legislation Resources

Fall Protection: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). University of Virginia, Environmental Health & Safety. Provides questions and answers on fall safety issues.