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MFD Safety Program


Elevated Work Surfaces / Fall Protection

Diagram of 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).

Anchor Points

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 Person

One 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.

Randy Ralston has been qualified  and designated to serve as a Competent Entry Supervisor for MFD (alternate is Robin Christenson).

Qualified Person

One 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.

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