There is now more flexibility in safety rules for industrial walking-working surfaces thanks to OSHA’s recently released standards for General Industry Personal Fall Protection and Walking-Working Surfaces. The term “general industry” applies to just about everything outside of construction, agriculture and maritime industries. Warehousing & distribution, manufacturing, service centers and many other commercial enterprises fall under the new standardized rule.
Some of the safety standards have been informed by effective fall protection measures used at construction sites. One of the benefits of this new ruling is more consistency between construction standards and general industry standards, making compliance easier for companies that conduct business in both of these sectors. Such consistency in rules clearly affects most organizations with industrial facilities or physical plants.