ES&H Manual



6147 Material Handling Equipment –

Aerial Work Platforms



1.0            Purpose


Aerial work platforms are mechanical devices used to lift workers and/or material (in a basket or bucket) into the air.  Although technically not considered material handling equipment, at Jefferson Lab they are subject to the same requirements outlined within ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment Program and its associated appendices.  This document defines the additional requirements related to aerial work platforms.


This program complies with applicable federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.


2.0            Scope


This chapter applies to the operation of aerial work platforms used on behalf of Jefferson Lab. 



Table 1: Required Material Handling Training by Job Classification

Training Course

Qualified Aerial Work Platform Operator

Aerial Platform/Manlift Training



Medical Monitoring for Hazardous Work



* Per ES&H Manual Chapter  6800 Appendix T1 Medical Monitoring


3.0            Responsibilities

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


3.1              Qualified Aerial Work Platform Operator

·         Possesses a valid state motor vehicle driver’s license and carries it while operating an aerial work platform.

·         Maintains current training (SAF302 Aerial Platform/Manlift) and medical monitoring (see ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T1 Medical Monitoring.)

·         Operates only those aerial work platforms for which they are authorized by the Material Handling Safety Representative and the Work Area Coordinator.

·         Utilizes PPE (see ES&H Manual Chapter 6620 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program) and fall protection in accordance with Jefferson Lab requirements (see ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Fall Protection Systems).


3.1.1        Jefferson Lab’s Qualified Work Platform Operators (Employees) also:

·         Reports aerial work platform damage or malfunction to the Material Handling Safety Representative.

·         When using an aerial work platform at another facility to conduct Jefferson Lab business:

o   Reviews the facility’s aerial work platform policies and procedures, and

o   Follows the more stringent safety procedures.


3.2              Material Handling Engineering Representative (MHER)

·         Provides oversight of operator training.

·         Maintains the aerial work platform program.


3.3              Material Handling Safety Representative (MHSR)

·         Conducts aerial work platform operator training.

·         Issues appropriate fall protection for equipment.

·         Authorizes employees and subcontractors access to specific aerial work platforms.

·         Inspects subcontractor-provided aerial work platform equipment to ensure that minimum industry safety standards are met.


3.4              Supervisor/Subcontracting Officer’s Technical Representative (SOTR)/Work Area Coordinator

·         Authorizes only Qualified Aerial Work Platform Operators to operate aerial work platforms. 

·         Ensures appropriate PPE and fall protection is available for operations.

·         Ensures that the aerial work platform is inspected and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.


3.4.1        SOTRs also:

·         Inform subcontractors that aerial work platforms are to be inspected by the MHSR upon arrival at Jefferson Lab.

·         Notify the MHSR when a subcontractor is scheduled to bring aerial work platforms on site and coordinate inspections.

·         Inform subcontractor that operators’ training and qualification requirements are required for review prior to commencement of work in accordance with ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 Material Handling Equipment Program.

·         Submit a request to the MHSR for subcontractors to attend special subcontractor aerial work platform operator safety orientation training (SAF302 Aerial Platform) if required.

·         Monitor subcontractor employees’ performance while using aerial work platform and notify the MHSR of any concerns.


4.0            Expectations


Qualified aerial work platform operators at Jefferson Lab are approved by their Supervisor/ SOTR/Sponsor; are trained on the proper use and operation of the equipment; and are authorized access by the MHSR.  ES&H Manual Chapter 6147 Appendix T1 Training Requirements – Aerial Work Platforms provides the requirements necessary to be considered a Qualified Aerial Work Platform Operator at Jefferson Lab.


Procurement of aerial work platforms follow the minimum procedure provided in ES&H Manual Chapter 6410 Appendix T2 Procurement of Material Handling Equipment.  Jefferson Lab requires that procurement of aerial work platforms adhere to the additional requirements outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 6147 Appendix T2 Procurement Requirements – Aerial Work Platforms.


ES&H Manual Chapter 6147 Appendix T3 Use of Aerial Work Platforms defines the requirements for safe operation of aerial work platforms used on behalf of Jefferson Lab.


5.0            References


29 CFR 1910 Subpart F Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms

29 CFR 1910.333 (c)(3) Selection and Use of Work Practices

ANSI A92.3 Manually Propelled Elevating Work Platforms

ANSI A92.5 Boom Supported Elevating Work Platforms

ANSI/NFPA No. 30 Storage and Handling of Liquid Fuels, such as Gasoline and Diesel Fuel

ANSI/NFPA No. 58 Storage and Handling of Liquefied Petroleum Gas

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Safety Manual

Manufacturers’ Operating and Safety Manuals


6.0            Revision Summary


Revision 1.1 – 05/20/14 – Added Required Safety Training Table.

Revision 1 – 09/15/10 - Updated to reflect current laboratory operations.












ESH&Q Division

Dave Kausch





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