Fall Protection in Residential Construction

    Sections 1671.1, 1716.2, 1730 and 1731
Public hearing: Jan. 18, 2024
45-day comment period: Dec. 1, 2023 - Jan. 18, 2024
15-day Notice comment period: Apr. 5, 2024 - Apr. 22, 2024
Filed with Secretary of State:
Effective date:

Rulemaking Documents

  1. Regulatory Impact and Regulatory Flexibility Analysis of Subpart M - Fall Protection (29 CFR Part 1926), U.S. Department of Labor (US-DOL) Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Fed-OSHA), Office of Regulatory Analysis, July 20, 1994.
  2. Letter with attachments constituting the post April 11, 2016, OSHSB Residential Fall Protection Advisory Committee mail out, dated May 23, 2016. Letter: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-2nd-AC-ltrfrmMikeM.pdf; Updated Advisory Committee Roster: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-2nd-AC-updatedroster.pdf; Advisory Committee Attendance Sheets Advisory Committee Minutes: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-2nd-AC-minutes.pdf; Revised Proposal: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-2nd-AC-revproptxt.pdf.
  3. Federal Register, Volume 59, Issue No. 152, Tuesday, August 9, 1994, Safety Standards for Fall Protection in the Construction Industry (120 pages). https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1994-08-09/html/94-19000.htm.
  4. Letter dated February 4, 2015 from Mr. Ken Nishiyama Atha of the US-DOL, Fed-OSHA to the Board. https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-AC-Letter-2-4-2015.pdf.
  5. Letter dated May 28, 2013 from Mr. David Shiraishi, US-DOL, Fed-OSHA, Region IX to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-AC-Letter-5-28-13.pdf.
  6. Fed-OSHA Instruction STD 03-11-002, Compliance Guideline for Residential Construction, published December 16, 2010, effective June 16, 2011. https://www.osha.gov/enforcement/directives/std-03-11-002.
  7. Fed-OSHA Instruction STD 03-00-001, a plain language revision of STD 3.1 Interim Fall Protection Compliance Guidelines for Residential Construction, dated June 18, 1999. https://www.osha.gov/enforcement/directives/std-03-00-001.
  8. E-mail transmission from Mr. Kevin Bland, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak and Stewart P.C. to the Board, regarding cost impact data, dated June 10, 2016.
  9. E-mail transmission from Mr. Bob Raymer P.E., California Building Industries Association to the Board, regarding cost impact data, dated June 10, 2016.
  10. E-mail transmission from Mr. Bruce Wick, California Professional Association of Specialty Contractors (CALPASC) to Mr. Kevin Bland and Mr. Bob Raymer, regarding cost impact data-roofing, dated June 7, 2016.
  11. E-mail transmission from Dr. William Callahan, Association of Roofing Contractors of the Bay Area Counties to the Board, regarding cost impact data-roofing, dated June 15, 2016.
  12. Letter from Mr. James Wulff, for Ms. Barbara Yee Goto, Regional Administrator, Fed-OSHA to the Board, regarding proposed amendments to California’s Residential Fall Protection standard, dated August 24, 2016.
  13. E-mail transmission from Ms. Amber Rose, Fed-OSHA Region IX to the Board, regarding proposed CSO amendments, Residential Fall Protection, dated September 22, 2016.
  14. Federal Register, Volume 80, Issue No. 25. Rejection of Arizona’s Standard for Fall Protection in residential construction, published February 6, 2015. https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/federalregister/2015-02-06.
  15. The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). The Construction Chart Book, Sixth Edition. Chart 44b. Fatal falls to a lower level in construction, by height of fall, 2011-2015 total. February 2018. https://www.cpwr.com/wp-content/uploads/publications/The_6th_Edition_Construction_eChart_Book.pdf.
  16. OSHSB Federal Fall Protection Trigger Heights for Residential Construction Advisory Committee meetings. (November 3, 2015) Advisory Committee Roster: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-AC-Roster.pdf;Advisory Committee Attendance Sheets and Minutes: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-AC-minutes.pdf; (April 11, 2016) Advisory Committee Roster: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-2nd-AC-updatedroster.pdf; Advisory Committee Attendance Sheets; and Advisory Committee Minutes: https://www.dir.ca.gov/oshsb/documents/Federal-Fall-Protection-Trigger-Heights-for-Residential-Construction-2nd-AC-minutes.pdf.
  17. US-DOL, Fed-OSHA Region IX, FY 2019 California Comprehensive Federal Annual Monitoring Evaluation (FAME) Report. California Department of Industrial Relations. Evaluation Period: October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019. Initial Approval Date: May 1, 1973. Page 23 and 27 of 85. https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/california_2019.pdf.
  18. US-DOL, Fed-OSHA, OSHA Technical Manual (OTM), Section V: Chapter 4, Fall Protection in Construction. Accessed June 20, 2022. https://www.osha.gov/otm/section-5-construction-operations/chapter-4.
  19. California Department of Finance (DOF) California Economic Governor’s Budget Forecast 2022-23. November 2021 Economic Forecasts, U.S. and California.
  20. Fed-OSHA, OSHA Guidance Document, Fall Protection in Residential Construction. https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/guidance.pdf.
  21. DOF Economic Forecasts, U.S. and California. Consumer Price Index Forecast. Calendar Year Averages, May Revision Forecast. Accessed April 2022.
  22. Barlet, G., Greenberg, R., Bunting, J. Highlighted Findings from an ASSP/CPWR Survey on Underlying Causes of Falls from Heights, online publication dated August 2022. https://www.cpwr.com/wp-content/uploads/RR-falls_experience_survey.pdf.
  23. Roland-Holst, D., Evans, S., Heft-Neal, S. Berkeley Economic Advising and Research (BEAR) LLC. Standardized Regulatory Impact Assessment (2019 SRIA) prepared for California Department of Industrial Relations of Title 8, Residential Fall Protection Standards. March 2019. https://dof.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/352/Forecasting/Economics/Documents/SRIA_Fall-Protection_DIR_5-29-19.pdf.
  1. Letter dated December 22, 2023, from Matthew Kuzemchak Area Director of the US-DOL, Fed-OSHA to the Board.
  2. Letter dated January 24, 2024, from James D. Wulff Regional Administrator of the US-DOL, Fed-OSHA to the Board.
  3. Letter dated January 16, 2024, from Eric Berg Deputy Chief of Health and Jason Denning Principal Safety Engineer of Cal/OSHA to the Board.
  4. OSHA Fact Sheet, Reducing Falls During Residential Construction: Installing Roof Trusses. DOC FS-3477 9-16-2011. https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/publications/reducing-falls-installing-roof-trusses-factsheet.pdf
  5. Presentation by Vernon Preston and Damon Bonneau, Directorate of Construction-Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Residential Fall Protection in Construction Presented at the March 21, 2024 Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board Meeting— San Diego, California.
  6. CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training. [2024]. Falls, Slips, and Trips in Construction [dashboard]. https://www.cpwr.com/research/data-center/data-dashboards/falls-slips-and-trips-in-construction/.
  7. William Harris, MS, Raina D. Brooks, MPH, Amber Brooke Trueblood, DrPH, Thomas Yohannes, MPH, Jessica Bunting, MPH [March 2024]. Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in the U.S Construction Industry, 2011-2022. https://www.cpwr.com/wp-content/uploads/DataBulletin-March2024.pdf.
  8. CDC and CPWR Deaths in Construction-2022 Fatality Map. Did You Know that Falls Are the Leading Cause of Death in Construction? [2022]. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/construction/images/2022-Fatality-Map.jpg?_=83015.
  9. CPWR-Data and Charts. Presentation on Fatal and Nonfatal Falls in the U.S. Construction Industry, 2011-2022 [March 2024].


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