Unified Fall Protection Rulemaking

L&I is conducting rulemaking to update the requirements for fall protection contained in Chapter 296-880 WAC, Unified Safety Standards for Fall Protection. L&I Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) initiated this rulemaking in response to a letter received from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  OSHA contends that some provisions of the current rule are not at least as effective as OSHA general industry and construction standards, a requirement of the Washington State Plan.


Prior to initiating the formal rulemaking process, we felt it was important to prepare a preliminary draft of proposed language for stakeholder discussion. Stakeholder engagement is an integral part of the rulemaking process in order to maintain transparency and an open dialogue with interested parties.

Meetings & Timeline

Date (subject to change) Activity
March 21, 2022 Virtual Stakeholder Meeting. See Meeting Summary
March 23, 2022 Virtual Stakeholder Meeting. See Meeting Summary
May 17, 2022 File CR-101 (Preproposal statement of inquiry)
Summer 2022 (tentative) Propose rule by filing the CR-102 formStart public comment period with draft rule language and supporting documents
Fall 2022 (tentative) Adopt rule by filing CR-103 form
31 days after filing CR-103 State rule becomes effective

Learn more about our rulemaking process and terminology

Rule Drafts & documents

For additional information on Fall Protection Rulemaking meetings, contact Carmyn Shute.

Please contact Erich Smith with any technical questions about the Unified Fall Protection rule: Erich Smith

Get updates via email

An email list has been set up for L&I to share information about this work group and the meetings. Select the "Fall Protection Rulemaking" topic when you sign up to receive email updates.