Employers must evaluate all areas of their facilities for fall-from-height hazards that could occur when employees are required to work on platforms that are four feet or more from the adjacent floor, ladders, wall openings, roofs, scaffolding, scissor and aerial lifts, boom buckets, ramps or any other elevated work surface.
Much of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new walking-working surface rule updates focus on implementing fall protection standards, including regular inspections and training workers on associated hazards and proper use.
If fall-from-height hazards are identified, employers must use engineering or administrative controls to prevent falls. If these two types of controls are not sufficient to prevent falls, personal fall protection equipment must also be used.
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Employees must be properly trained to recognize fall-from-height hazards and know how to use personal protective equipment or any other tools and devices that will be used to prevent falls in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.30.
Download the toolbox talk below to discuss this important topic with your employees and make sure your facility is in compliance with OSHA’s floor safety training requirements.
Make It Personal: Show your workers what counts as an elevated work surface at your facility and demonstrate how they can avoid falls.
Looking for tips on how to give a talk? Check out this blog post.
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