In April, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (MIOSHA) and the Michigan Home Builders Association
launched a Residential Fall Protection Initiative with the purpose
of working together to provide training and help residential
builders comply with the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration's (OSHA's) fall-protection rule, 29 CFR
1926.501(b)(13), which requires roofing contractors to use
conventional fall-protection methods for workers exposed to fall
hazards of 6 feet or more.
OSHA's three-month phase-in period allowing residential
construction employers more time to comply with the new standard
ends this month. However, MIOSHA adopted guidelines for an
additional six months from June 16 to Dec. 16. Following are the
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