Elevated Work Surfaces / Fall Protection
ES&H Manual Chapter 45:Fall Protection
MFD Fall Protection Equipment Inventory / Inspection
Fall protection equipment must be inspected by a competent person every 6 months. In MFD, the Competent Person is Randy Ralston. At inspection, each piece of equipment is labeled with the "next inspection due MM/DD/YYYY " and the inspection date is entered into the MFD Fall Protection Inventory. Equipment with overdue inspections shall not be used.
Elevated Surface Work Plans
Work in unprotected elevated areas requires identification of hazards and controls, documented in either an established procedure or an Elevated Surface Work Plan (ESWP), generated and/or approved by a "Competent Person" (see below).
Anchorage points used for fall protection must be rated by a qualified person or known to hold at least 5,000 pounds. Unless permanent, fixed guardrails are specifically engineered and marked as approved anchorage points by a qualified person, they will not be used as anchorages.
Competent PersonOne who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in the surroundings, or working conditions which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous to employees, and who has authorization to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate them.
Qualified PersonOne who by reason of training, experience, or instruction has demonstrated the ability to safely perform all assigned duties and, when required, is properly licensed in accordance with federal, state, or local laws and regulations. There are several "qualified persons" in the facilities department.