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If an employee is exposed to a fall hazard of ten (10) feet or more in height, the employee must use a fall restraint, fall arrest system, or positioning device system as described below.
A “competent person” is an individual knowledgeable of fall protection equipment, including the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions for the proper use, inspection, and maintenance; and who is capable of identifying the existing and potential fall hazards; and who has the authority to take prompt corrective action to eliminate those hazards; and who is knowledgeable of the rules contained in this section regarding the erection, use, inspection, and maintenance of fall protection equipment and systems.
Supervisors can use the evaluation form in Appendix A to evaluate an employee for appointment as a competent person. Competence must be demonstrated and training provided to establish and maintain competence.
The competent person evaluates conditions:
One who has a recognized degree, certificate, or professional standing, or who has successfully demonstrated the ability to resolve fall protection and rescue problems.
The qualified person will design, install, and supervise:
The manufacturer of Fall Arrest System components is the qualified person as long as we install them per instructions.
Employees who have been assigned to work in areas where fall hazards exist must:
Contractors must provide a copy of their Fall Protection Work Plan to the Seattle University project manager before starting work on Seattle University facilities.
Employees who have fall exposures must be trained to identify those exposures. If an employee will require the use of fall arrest system equipment, the employee shall be trained to use and maintain the equipment.
A fall protection work plan will be filled out for each instance where fall protection is required. (See Work Plan Form in Appendix B.)
Employees who have received fall protection training are capable of identifying work-place hazards, filling out the fall protection work-site plan, and are expected to correct, wherever possible, unsafe work-place conditions that they may be exposed. Every employee has the authority to correct hazards when they are able to do so. If they are unable to correct the hazard, or provide adequate protection, then work must be postponed until the supervisor and/or competent person can be contacted for guidance in correcting the hazards.
An employee who falls must be rescued within 15 minutes to avoid permanent physical harm. The local fire department should be notified before the work is done in order to prepare for a prompt and effective rescue. The Environmental Health & Safety Coordinator and/or Campus Public Safety can assist you in coordinating emergency response planning for your fall protection work plan.
All employees of Seattle University will ensure that they use safe access to get onto and off of an elevated surface.
Employees will ensure that they do not expose themselves to a fall hazard by walking across a roof surface without a properly adjusted lifeline that is hooked to a proper anchor.
Fall Protection equipment includes, but is not limited to, the following:
An approved Class III full body harness must be used. The harness must properly fit the employee who will be using it.
Fall protection equipment shall be stored where protected from environmental factors, such as heat, light, excessive moisture, oil, chemicals and vapors, and any other damaging factors.
During the performance of work on low-pitched roofs with a potential fall hazard greater than 10 feet, all employees engaged in the work must use the proper protection as follows:
Warning lines must be erected around all sides of the work area.
A roofing bracket is a bracket used in sloped roof construction, having provisions for fastening to the roof or supported by ropes fastened over the ridge and secured to some suitable object.
Employees working in a roof edge materials handling or materials storage area located on a low pitched roof with a ground to eave height greater than 10 feet must be protected from falling along all unprotected roof sides and edges of the area.