OSHA has issued technical corrections and amendments to 27 standards and regulations to address “minor misprints, omissions, outdated references, and tabular and graphic inaccuracies.” The corrections are to 29 CFR 1904 (recording and reporting occupational injuries and illnesses), 1910 (general industry), 1915 and 1918 (maritime), and 1926 (construction).
None of the revisions expands employer obligations or imposes new costs. The changes are effective immediately.
One notable change is to Appendix E of 29 CFR subpart L Scaffolds. OSHA is correcting text and graphic pages, “Maximum Vertical Tie Spacing Wider Than 3′-0′′ Bases” and “Maximum Vertical Tie Spacing 3′-0′′ And Narrower Bases,” which show maximum vertical tie spacing for scaffolds.
The new graphics depict guys, ties, and braces instead of just ties, and correct the captions for attachment points, which must be closest to the required height dimension, whether above or below the exact measurement. The revisions also correctly depict that connections must be where horizontal scaffold frame members connect inner and outer scaffold legs whether at or closest to the exact height measurement.
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Read the full final rule published in the Federal Register on February 18, 2020, detailing the changes under the standards: