TITLE:

ES&H Manual

 

DOCUMENT ID:

6131 Fall Protection Systems

 

 

1.0            Purpose

 

This document describes fall protection systems used at Jefferson Lab, as detailed in ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Appendix T1 Passive Fall Protection Systems and ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Appendix T2 Active Fall Protection Systems.

 

This program satisfies all applicable Federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.

 

2.0            Scope

 

Jefferson Lab requires fall protection if personnel may fall 4 ft. or more to a lower level, or come into contact with dangerous equipment regardless of fall distance. Fall protection includes both passive and active systems.

 

This document addresses fall protection systems employed by Jefferson Lab personnel only, and is not applicable to subcontractor service and construction activities.

 

Use of active fall protection systems in conjunction with guardrails on aerial and scissors lifts is beyond the scope of this document. See ES&H Manual Chapter 6147 Material Handling Equipment - Aerial Work Platforms. For work from ladders or scaffolds, see ES&H Manual Chapter 6132 Ladder and Scaffold Safety.

 

3.0            Training

3.1              Required Safety Training for Personnel Utilizing Active Fall Protection Systems

Training Course

When Required

Personal Fall Protection*

SAF 202

Prior to Initial Use

Harness Fitting**

 (Certification)

SAF 202A

Prior to Initial Use

Refresher Training*

SAF 202B

Every 3 Years

*Online training course

**Conducted by Material Handling Safety Representative (MHSR)

3.2              Additional training is required of workers executing Operational Safety Procedures (OSPs), which are developed in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 3310 Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) Program.

4.0            Responsibilities

NOTE:           Management authority may be delegated at the discretion of the responsible manager.

4.1              Employees Using Active Fall Protection Systems

·         Maintain current training, applicable to use of active fall protection systems and/or OSPs.

·         Collect active fall protection system components from the Material Handling Safety Representative (MHSR).

·         Conduct a pre-use inspection of active fall protection system equipment.

·         Wear the appropriate active fall protection equipment for the job.

·         Do not use any equipment which fails a pre-use inspection or is past due for a formal inspection, but instead, remove affected components from service and notify supervision.

·         Transfer any active fall protection system component that fails a pre-use inspection, is past due for a formal inspection, or has arrested a fall, to the MHSR.

·         Review and abide by hazard mitigation methods outlined in the written Task Hazard Analysis (THA).

·         If required, read and sign the Operational Safety Procedure (OSP) for the job.

 

4.2              Supervision

·         Ensure that a written THA is completed prior to use of active fall protection systems.

·         If required, provide an OSP and ensure that affected workers have completed training and signed the OSP.

·         Ensure that proper passive or active fall protection is being employed by workers.

·         Ensure all active fall protection system components are available for formal inspection by the MHSR.

·         Ensure active fall protection equipment is stored appropriately to prevent damage from operations, the environment, or other work activity.

 

4.3              Material Handling Safety Representative (MHSR)

·         Conduct formal inspections of all active fall protection system components in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations, or annually, whichever is more frequent.

·         Purchase, issue, and approve active fall protection system equipment.

·         Maintain inspection records of active fall protection system components.

·         Dispose of defective or otherwise unusable active fall protection system components.

·         Conduct harness fitting for affected personnel and certify individuals have demonstrated proper donning/doffing of active fall protection system gear.

4.4              ES&H Fall Protection Subject Matter Expert (SME):

·         Establish and maintain initial and refresher training programs for active fall protection systems.

·         Conduct pre-work walk-downs of jobsite and review of THAs, as requested by supervision.

·         Conduct pre-work walk-downs of jobsite prior to approving OSPs involving active fall protection.

·         Provide oversight on the implementation of passive and active fall protection systems.

4.5              Training/Human Resources

·         Maintain employee training and certification records.

4.6              Anyone at Jefferson Lab

·         If the integrity or load-bearing capacity of a walking/working surface is questioned, secure the area (e.g., barricade tape, signage), notify supervision, and enlist the assistance of a qualified person to conduct an evaluation.

·         If the integrity of passive fall protection systems is questioned, or observed to be deficient, secure the area (e.g., barricade tape, signage), notify supervision, and submit a Facilities Management Work Request for evaluation and/or repair.

 

5.0            Technical Appendices

5.1              Passive Fall Protection

Passive fall protection systems involve isolating or separating the employee from the fall hazard, and do not require the wearing or use of personal fall protection equipment. Passive fall protection systems are preferred whenever possible. ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Appendix T1 Passive Fall Protection Systems describes the types of passive fall protection systems used at Jefferson Lab. 

5.2              Active Fall Protection

Active fall protection systems require workers to wear or use fall protection equipment, and are employed when passive systems are impractical. ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Appendix T2 Active Fall Protection Systems describes the types, components, inspections, care and maintenance of active fall protection systems used at Jefferson Lab.

6.0            References

Code of Federal Regulations:

29 CFR 1910 Subpart D, Walking-Working Surfaces

29 CFR 1926 Subpart M, Fall Protection

7.0            Revision Summary

Revision 2.0 – 11/30/15 – Periodic Review; procedure updated to address action plans resulting from self-assessment.

Revision 1.5 – 03/18/15 – Technical POC updated from B.Manzlak to G.Perry per B.Rainey

Revision 1.4 – 10/27/14 – Technical POC updated from N.Walker to current SME B.Manzlak

Revision 1.3 – 05/20/14 – Added Required Safety Training Table    

Revision 1.2 – 12/04/12 – Qualifying Periodic Review; no substantive changes required.

Revision 1.1 – 10/18/12 – Clarification to content format

Revision 1.0 – 12/23/09 – Trip and slip is no longer part of this chapter