On August 30, 1996, OSHA issued revised standards for scaffolds. The revised standard, known as Safety Standards for Scaffolds Used in the Construction Industry is found in Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part, Subpart L. The final rule updates the existing construction scaffold standards in Subpart L. The revised standards set performance-based criteria to protect employees from scaffold-related hazards such as falls, falling objects, structural instability, electrocution, or overloading. This final rule addresses training and various types of scaffolds, as well as falling object protection, ladders, weather conditions, aerial lifts, stilts, and other matters that were not previously covered by the OSHA scaffold standards. In addition, it allows employers more flexibility when using protective systems for workers on scaffolding. The language of the rule has been simplified by eliminating duplicative and outdated provisions, consolidating overlapping requirements, and enhancing performance-based criteria to allow employers more flexibility in compliance while still protecting employees.