Fall Protection

General Requirements
Supervisors with employees whose work duties require them to work at heights greater than six feet above a solid walking surface must provide training and equipment appropriate to the job.

Fall protection may include use of railings, walls, fall restraint systems, fall arrest systems, safety nets.

OSHA 29 CFR 1910, Subparts D, F, I, and R – for General Industry

1910.23, Guarding floor and wall openings and holes

1910.66, Powered platforms for building maintenance

Appendix A, Guidelines

Appendix C, Personal fall arrest system

1910.67, Vehicle-mounted elevating and rotating work platforms

1910.132, Personal protective equipment general requirements

1910.268, Special industries: Telecommunications

1910.269, Special industries, Electric power generation, transmission, and distribution

29 CFR 1926, Subpart M – for Construction

1926.501, Duty to have fall protection

1926.502, Fall protection systems criteria and practices

1926.760, Fall Protection

Keys to compliance for Supervisors

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I know what fall protection equipment is needed?
A. Call EHS. Our Fall Protection specialists can perform the job hazard analysis and determine safety equipment and PPE needed.

Q. Who provides the necessary equipment?
A. Your department.

Q. Who maintains the equipment?
A. All users must properly care for equipment, report any malfunctions or wear-and-tear to you, the Supervisor. A person within your group should be assigned the responsibility of checking the equipment on a regular basis.

Q. Does the equipment need to be inspected periodically by a professional?
A. Yes. The EHS Fall Protection Specialists provide the inspections.

Links to Written Programs, Further Information