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Chapter 6147 Material Handling Equipment - Aerial Work Platforms
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 satisfies applicable federal, state, and local requirements as outlined in ES&H Manual Chapter 2410 Appendix T1 Hazard Issues List.

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

Beam or Extensible Beam Lift (Typical)

Scissor Lift (Typical)

Table 1: Required Material Handling Training by Job Classification

Training Course Qualified Aerial Work Platform Operator
Aerial Work Platforms
Medical Monitoring for Hazardous Work
*Per ES&H Manual Chapter 6800 Appendix T1 Medical Monitoring


T1 Training Requirements - Aerial Work Platforms
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.
T2 Procurement Requirements - Aerial Work Platforms
Procurement of aerial work platforms follow the minimum procedure provided in ES&H Manual Chapter 6140 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.
T3 Use of 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.

Supplemental Material

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 A92.6 Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms (Scissor Lifts)

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


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

Qualified Aerial Work Platform Operator
  Jefferson Lab's Qualified Work Platform Operators (Employees)
  • Reports aerial work platform damage or malfunction to the Material Handling Manager.
  • When using an aerial work platform at another facility to conduct Jefferson Lab business:
    • Reviews the facility's aerial work platform policies and procedures, and
    • Follows the more stringent safety procedures.
Material Handling Manager (MHM)
  • Provides oversight of operator training.
  • Maintains the aerial work platform program.
  • 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.
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.
  SOTRs also
  • Inform subcontractors that aerial work platforms are to be inspected by the MHM upon arrival at Jefferson Lab.
  • Notify the MHM 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 MHM for subcontractors to attend special subcontractor aerial work platform operator safety orientation training (SAF302 Aerial Work Platforms) if required.
  • Monitor subcontractor employees' performance while using aerial work platform and notify the MHM of any concerns.
Document Control:
    APPROVAL DATE:   08/18/17
    REVIEW DATE:  08/18/20
    Revision 1.4 - 08/18/17 - Updated TPOC from B.Sperlazza to M.Loewus; added new reference ANSI-A92.6 Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
    Revision 1.3 - 02/09/17 - Updated TPOC from D.Kausch to B.Sperlazza per B.Sperlazza.
    Revision 1.2 - 12/18/15 - Periodic Review; eliminated two positions previously identified as the MHSR and the MHER, the responsibilities of these positions are now performed by the MHM.
    Revision 1.1 - 05/20/14 - Added Required Safety Training Table.
    Revision 1.0 - 09/15/10: Updated to reflect current laboratory operations.

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