March 9 - March 13, 2015

After numerous warnings, federal OSHA has rejected Arizona’s residential fall-protection guidelines as too lenient. Should states be allowed to craft standards that are looser than federal OSHA’s?

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Yes. States know their needs best. 88%
No. U.S. workers need minimal safety standards. 12%

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Tagged categories: Fall protection; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Regulations

Comment from M. Halliwell, (3/13/2015, 12:16 PM)

Looks like I'll be in the minority on this one. I personally think the more stringent standards / regs should be the ones to meet, no exceptions. For example, if you are working on a site where their program says Nomex coveralls are required, but in your company they are not mandatory, you wear the coveralls on site or you get run off. If you're going to make lesser standards, including for fall protection, there had better be a really solid justification to do so (and a mechanism that if the reason is valid that there can be an exemption). When it comes to safety, I'll be conservative every just may save my life or someone else's. Don't get me wrong...I get AZ's objections (esp. when it comes to enforcement and citations for employers...our version of OSHA can fine the employee directly if they are the issue, not the employer), but 15' vs. 6' is a huge difference in regulations and I didn't see a good justification for it.

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