OSHA has released its new fall-protection standards. The new rules will become enforceable on February 6, 1995, and are said to be more performance-oriented where possible, rather than specification-oriented. The new standard applies to all construction activities unless other construction standards have specific fall-protection requirements, such as steel erection and scaffolding. The steel and scaffold standards are also under review. The new standard requires protection for all employees working at a height of 6 feet or more. This 6-foot threshold applies to all situations including employees working or walking on surfaces with unprotected sides and edges; employees working on leading edges (the edge of a floor, roof or formwork that changes due to ongoing construction); employees exposed to holes and opening; and employees climbing the face of formwork or tying reinforcing steel. Fall protection can be provided by using a guardrail system, safety net, or a personal fall-arrest system. A body belt will be prohibited for use as a personal fall-arrest system as of January 1, 1998.