New OSHA Regulations Effecting the Billboard Industry

You might have heard the news already, but on November 17th, 2016 OSHA issued a final rule affecting the billboard industry.

OSHA revised and updated its general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to trip, slip, and fall hazards. This final rule includes revised and new provisions addressing fixed ladders, rope descent systems, and fall protection systems. Newly established requirements on the design, performance and use of personal fall protection systems in billboard industry. Employers must also now train employees on minimizing and identifying fall hazards, use of fall protection systems and maintaining, inspecting and storing fall protection equipment.

Pertaining to the billboard industry, key elements of this final rule include phasing out cages and or wells, phasing in ladder safety systems, and ensuring ladders steps are slip resistant.

OSHA’s final rule goes into effect January 17th 2017. There is still some hope the new administration will override the bill. If not, some major changes will effect the billboard industry. Reliable Electric Products Co will do our very best to keep you informed as we learn more. Currently there is some very vague language, so the interpretation is changing daily within the billboard industry.

Here is what we do know at this time. Any ladder 24 ft above grade is effected. These ladders must me equipped with a fall arrest system or a ladder safety system like the Lad Saf system by DBI.  You only have 2 years to comply. It is our understanding this also includes ladders above the head over 36″ in height. I’ve attached a brochure to view the components of a Lad Saf install.

  • Exposed workers must be trained on fall hazards and the use of fall protection equipment withing 6 months.
  • A personal fall arrest or ladder safety system on ladders over 24 ft above grade within 2 years.
  • Cages and wells must be replaced with a ladder safety system or personal fall arrest system within 20 years.

As most information flows in, Reliable Electric will do our very best to keep you informed. If you would like to learn more about the new regulations, you can visit OSHA’s website at

As always, we appreciate your fall protection business. Stay tuned, more information to follow.

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