In revising its fall protection rule for scaffolds in 1996, OSHA did not come up with specific parameters for fall protection for scaffold erection and dismantling. Instead, OSHA enacted a requirement that a competent person determine in each instance if fall protection is feasible; and, if it is, it must be used. OSHA then reserved a place for a non-mandatory appendix (Appendix B) in Subpart L (Scaffolds) for more specific guidance on determining when fall protection is feasible. The Advisory Committee for Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) drafted an appendix in October 1998, but OSHA has not incorporated the ACCSH draft into the standard.
October 6, 1998