OSHA handrail and stair rail system to be updated for general industry. In November 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment that enhanced criteria for slip, trip, and fall risks. The manufacturer has received multiple requests for handrail specifications and railing specifications. None of the regulatory judgments taken in the 2016 rulemaking are reopened for debate in this proposed rule. It focuses entirely on clarifying and allowing flexibility in the transition to OSHA’s stricter rules for handrails and stair rail systems, which were completed in 2016.
Learn more about OSHA’s General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection standards.