OSHA has issued corrections for its Walking-Working Surfaces, Personal Protective Equipment, and Special Industries standards in an effort to remove formatting and clerical errors. The corrections, published in the Federal Registrar, took effect in December 2019.
In the agency's Personal Fall Protection Systems standard, OSHA updated the requirement gate strength proof testing of protective equipment. Snaphooks, D-rings, and carabiners must now be proof tested to a minimum tensile load of 3,600 pounds without cracking or incurring permanent deformation. Additionally, the gate strength of snaphooks and carabiners must be capable of withstanding a minimum load of 3,600 pounds without the gate separating from the nose of the snaphook or carabiner body by more than 0.125 inches. OSHA noted in the rule update that proof testing of the gates of snaphooks and carabiners could be destructive to the equipment and could render them unsafe for user by workers in the field.
In an update to its Walking-Working Surfaces standards, OSHA now requires employers to ensure that the side rails of through or side-step ladders extend 42 inches above the top of the access level or landing platform served by the ladder. OSHA previously had required workers to have sufficient handholds "at least 42 inches" above the highest level on which they will step. The update to the rule provides more clarity that 42 inches is the minimum, not the exact, measurement for fixed ladder side rail extensions, according to the Federal Registrar.
OSHA also corrected its fall protection systems and falling object protection criteria and practices diagram to include more labels for improved clarity.