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Chapter 6131 Fall Protection Systems
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. Fall protection options applicable only to low-slope roofs are detailed in ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Appendix T3 Fall Protection for Work on Low Slope Roofs.

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

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, and for low-slope roofs only, the potential use of administrative controls.

This document is not applicable to the following:

  • Inspections, including investigations and assessments of jobsites performed prior to the start of work or after all work is complete.
NOTE: If fall protection systems are installed and available, personnel must use them during performance of these inspections.

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.



Table 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
Site-Specific Training*
SAF 202B
Prior to Initial Use & Every 3 Years Thereafter
*Online training course
**Conducted by Material Handling Manager (MHM)



Technical Appendices:

T1 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.
T2 Active Fall Protection
Active fall protection systems require workers to wear or use fall protection equipment. 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.
T3 Work on Low Slope Roofs
Depending upon the distance between the worker and nearest unprotected edge, fall protection options exist that are applicable only to work atop low-slope roofs. ES&H Manual Chapter 6131 Appendix T3 Fall Protection for Work on Low Slope Roofs describes these options.
Responsibilities:

Note: Management authority may be delegated to a task qualified Jefferson Lab employee at the discretion of the responsible manager.

Employees Using 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 Manager (MHM).
  • 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 MHM.
  • 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.
  • When establishing a designated area for fall protection atop a low-slope roof, erect warning lines prior to commencing work and work within the designated area.
Supervision
  • Ensure that a written THA is completed prior to use of active fall protection systems.
  • Ensure walking/working surfaces can support maximum loads.
  • 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 MHM.
  • Ensure active fall protection equipment is stored appropriately to prevent damage from operations, the environment, or other work activity.
  • When used atop low-slope roofs, ensure warning lines meet strength and location criteria.
  • 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.
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.
Training/Human Resources
  • Maintain employee training and certification records.
Anyone at Jefferson Lab
  • If the integrity or load-bearing capacity of a walking/working surface is questioned, suspend work activity, secure the area, notify supervision, and enlist the assistance of a qualified person to conduct an evaluation.
  • If the integrity of fall protection systems is questioned, or observed to be deficient, suspend work activity, secure the area, and notify supervision.
References:
Document Control:
  • ISSUING AUTHORITY:   ESH&Q Division
    TECHNICAL POINT-OF-CONTACT:  George Perry
    APPROVAL DATE:   06/13/18
    REVIEW DATE:  06/13/21
    REVISION HISTORY
    Revision 3.0 - 06/13/18 - Periodic Review; updated to ensure alignment with 10CFR851 and 29CFR1910, Subparts D&I per CATS#PMG-2017-01-01
    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 - 12/04/12Qualifying Periodic Review. No substantive changes required.
    Revision 1.1 - 10/18/12: Clarification to content format.
    Revision 1.0 - 12/23/09: Updated to reflect current laboratory operations.

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