Pennsylvania Fall Protection (Construction) laws & safety compliance analysis

Pennsylvania Fall Protection (Construction): What you need to know


Pennsylvania is not a “state plan” state; that is, it does not have a federally approved occupational safety and health regulatory program. Consequently, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards govern fall protection in private sector workplaces (private businesses and nonprofit organizations) in the state.

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There are workplace safety and health rules for public sector employers (state and municipal agencies and schools), but they are significantly less comprehensive than federal requirements.

OSHA administers and enforces all workplace safety and health regulations in the private sector in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s Bureau of Occupational and Industrial Safety administers and enforces all workplace health and safety requirements in public sector workplaces, and administers and enforces the workplace safety and health rules for asbestos occupations.

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