The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has rolled out a Fall Prevention Campaign, and we want to make sure every employer and worker is aware of it. In January, we covered the planning stage and in February, we highlighted the importance of providing proper equipment.
Training is the final portion of this three-step initiative.
Falls are Preventable With Proper Training
Typically heavy and very complex, construction equipment should never be used without proper training. Prior to starting work, every single person must receive thorough instruction on the correct setup and use of equipment. Everything from hazard recognition training to the correct way to care for ladders, scaffolds, fall protection systems, and any other tools must be relayed before use.
To make this as simple as possible, OSHA has created many resources you can use to help workers avoid falls. Visit the OSHA fall prevention web page to order these materials.
Fall Protection Training Requirements
According to OSHA regulations, employers are responsible for providing training to any worker who might be at a risk for fall hazards. The program must cover how to recognize fall hazards and reduce the risk of falling victim. Instruction must be provided by a qualified person who is knowledgeable of:
- Nature of fall hazards in the specific work area
- Proper procedures for fall protection systems used
- Use and operation of controlled access zones, guardrails, personal fall arrest, safety net, warning line, safety monitoring systems, and other protections utilized
- Role of each person in the safety monitoring system while it is in use
- Limitations on mechanical equipment used for roofing work on low-slope roofs
- Appropriate processes for handling and storing equipment and materials and the assembly of overhead protection
- Role of each worker in the fall protection plan
- Fall protection requirements mandated by OSHA
After providing fall protection training to workers, a written certification record must be created for each person. It must contain the name of the person trained, dates of the training, and a signature of the trainer or employer. Anyone who appears to be unclear of fall hazards after the training is required go through the training process again.
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