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Friday, June 2, 2017

Personal fall protection

Training of employees in the operation and inspection of working platforms shall be done by a competent person. Written work procedures for the operation, safe use and inspection of working platforms shall be provided for employee training. Pictorial methods of instruction maybe used, in lieu of written work procedures,

if employee communication is improved using this method. e operating manuals supplied by manufacturers for platform system components can serve as the basis for these procedures.

e employer shall certify that employees have been trained in operating and inspecting a working platform by preparing a certi cation record which includes the identity of the person trained, the signature of the employer or the person who conducted the training and the date that training was completed. e certi cation record shall be prepared at the completion of the training required in paragraph (i)(1)(ii) of this section, and shall be maintained in a le for the duration of the employee’s employment. e certi cation record shall be kept readily available for review by the Assistant Secretary of Labor or the Assistant Secretary’s


Working platforms shall not be loaded in excess of the rated load, as stated on the platform load rating plate. Employees shall be prohibited from working on snow, ice, or other slippery material covering platforms, except for the removal of such materials.

Adequate precautions shall be taken to protect the platform, wire ropes and life lines from damage due to acids or other corrosive substances, in accordance with the recommendations of the corrosive substance producer, supplier, platform manufacturer or other equivalent information sources. Platform members which have been exposed to acids or other corrosive substances shall be washed down with a neutralizing solution, at a frequency recommended by the corrosive substance producer or supplier. Platform members, wire ropes and life lines shall be protected when using a heat producing process. Wire ropes and life lines which have been contacted by the heat producing process shall be considered to be permanently damaged and shall not be used.

i) e platform shall not be operated in winds in excess of 25 miles per hour (40.2 km/hr) except to move it from

an operating to a storage position. Wind speed shall be determined based on the best available information, which includes on-site anemometer readings and local weather forecasts which predict wind velocities for the area.

ii) On exterior installations, an anemometer shall be mounted on the platform to provide information of on-site wind velocities prior to and during the use of the platform. e anemometer may be a portable (hand held) unit which is temporarily mounted during platform use.

iii) Tools, materials and debris not related to the work in progress shall not be allowed to accumulate on platforms. Stabilizer ties shall be located so as to allow unencumbered passage along the full length of the platform and shall be of such length so as not to become entangled in rollers, hoists or other machinery. Personal fall protection Employees on working platforms shall be protected by a personal fall arrest system meeting the requirements of appendix C, section I, of this standard, and as otherwise provided by this standard.

(1) e employer shall provide training in the use and care of all hearing protectors provided to employees.

(2) Training program

(3) e employer shall institute a training program for all employees who are exposed to noise at or above an 8-hour time weighted average of 85 decibels, and shall ensure employee participation in such program.

 4) training program shall be repeated annually for each employee included in the hearing conservation program. Information provided in the training program shall be updated to be consistent with changes in protective equipment and work processes. 3) e employer shall ensure that each employee is informed of the following: i) e e ects of noise on hearing; ii) e purpose of hearing protectors, the advantages, disadvantages, and attenuation of various types, and instructions on selection, tting, use, and care; and(iii) e purpose of audiometric testing, and an explanation of the test procedures.

Access to Information and Training Materials

employer shall make available to a ected employees or their representatives copies of this standard and shall also post a copy in the workplace.

employer shall provide to a ected employees any informational materials pertaining to the standard that are supplied to the employer by the Assistant Secretary.

employer shall provide, upon request, all materials related to the employer’s training and education program pertaining to this standard to the Assistant Secretary and the Director.