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DOL/OSHA RIN: 1218-AC85 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: Shipyard Fall Protection--Scaffolds, Ladders and Other Working Surfaces 

Existing 29 CFR 1915, subpart E; Scaffolds Ladders and Other Working Surfaces includes scaffolds or staging, ladders, guarding of deck openings and edges, access to vessels, access to and guarding of dry docks and marine railways, access to cargo spaces and confined spaces, and working surfaces. These requirements are not comprehensive in their coverage of fall hazards in shipyards. In addition, existing standards do not reflect national consensus standards. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an RFI to solicit data and comments on updating existing standards and dividing the rulemaking into three subparts: subpart E, Stairways, Ladders and Other Access and Egress; subpart M, Fall Protection; and subpart N, Scaffolds. The estimated number of annualized fatalities associated with each subpart are: subpart E, Stairways, Ladders and Other Access and Egress - approximately 1 to 2 fatalities are occurring each year; subpart M, Fall Protection - approximately 3 to 4 fatalities in shipyards, associated with falls from elevations, are occurring each year; and subpart N, Scaffolds - approximately 1 fatality is occurring each year.

Agency: Department of Labor(DOL)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Long-Term Actions 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 29 CFR 1915.71 to 1915.77    subpart E    Scaffolds, Ladders & Other Working Surfaces    29 CFR 1911     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: sec. 41, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (33 U.S.C. 941)    sec. 4, 6 and 8 Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (29 U.S.C. 653, 655 and 657)    Secretary of Labor’s Order No. 12-71 (36 FR 8754)    8-76 (41 FR 25059), or 9-83 (48 FR 35736) as applicable   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Request for Information (RFI) (Published as RIN 1218-AA68)  09/08/2016  81 FR 62052   
RFI Comment Period End  12/07/2016 
Next Action Undetermined  To Be Determined 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
William Perry
Director, Directorate of Standards and Guidance
Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
200 Constitution Avenue NW., FP Building, Room N-3718,
Washington, DC 20210
Phone:202 693-1950
Fax:202 693-1678