OSHA has proposed a change to its rules to clarify requirements for handrail and stair rail systems in its general industry walking-working surfaces standard.

OSHA in November 2016 published a final rule on walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment that updated requirements for slip, trip, and fall hazards.

The agency has received many questions on when handrails are required, and about height requirements for handrails on stairs and stair rail systems.

This proposed rule does not reopen for discussion any of the regulatory decisions made in the 2016 rulemaking

Rather, it focuses solely on clarifying some of the requirements for handrails and stair rail systems finalized in 2016, and on providing flexibility in the transition to OSHA’s newer requirements.

Follow the online instructions at the Federal eRulemaking portal to submit comments.

Comments are due by July 19.


For more information, contact CBIA’s Phillip Montgomery (860.244.1900).