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General Requirements
Protection From Falling Objects


The administration of BYU-Idaho recognizes that "falls" or being hit by falling materials can be dangerous, even potentially lethal to employees. Because of a commitment to provide a safe and healthful work place, and to comply with OSHA safety standards (29 CFR 1926.500-503), the Fall Protection Plan, described hereafter, is implemented as institutional policy.

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1.0 General Requirements.

The following are a list of fall protection guidelines.

1.1 All fall protection equipment shall meet or exceed the appropriate American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard.

1.2 Ladders, walkways, work platforms, and open-sided floors shall comply with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations or fall protection must be used. Contact the College Safety Office with any questions regarding OSHA regulations.

1.3 All personnel exposed to a potential free fall from six feet or higher, must receive fall protection training.

1.4 Safety approved aerial lifts may be used for working at heights, however, all operators must wear approved fall protection and be secured by a lanyard when the working height is six feet or higher.

1.5 Lanyards must be attached to prevent a free fall of six feet.

1.6 Approved attached points shall be established and marked in areas where lifelines and lanyards are used regularly. Lifeline attach points shall be capable of supporting a load of 5,400 pounds.

1.7 All fall protection equipment shall be visually inspected for defects prior to each use. If there is evidence of excessive equipment wear or deterioration or if mechanical malfunction is detected, the item shall be removed from service.

1.8 Fall protection equipment and assemblies shall be inspected according to the manufacturer's recommendations. Each belt and lanyard shall bear manufacturer identification marks.

1.9 Safety belts or lanyards that have been subjected to an impact load shall be destroyed. Load testing shall not be performed on fall protection equipment.

1.10 Personnel requiring the use of fall protection equipment shall employ the "Buddy System" or have an observer to render assistance when and if required. A trained observer must be present when personnel are performing work involving confined space entry.

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2.0 Protection from falling objects.

When an employee is exposed to falling objects, the employer shall have each employee wear a hard hat and shall implement one of the following measures:

2.1 Erect toeboards, screens, or guardrail systems to prevent objects from falling from higher levels; or,

2.2 Erect a canopy structure and keep potential fall objects far enough from the edge of the higher level so that those objects would not go over the edge if they were accidentally displaced; or,

2.3 Barricade the area to which objects could fall, prohibit employees from entering the barricaded area, and keep objects that may fall far enough away from the edge of a higher level so that those objects would not go over the edge if they were accidentally displaced.

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3.0 Training.

BYU-Idaho shall provide training for all employees at risk from fall hazards.

3.1 This training must be conducted by a competent person.

3.2 Written certification records of all employee training must be maintained.

3.3 Employee retraining should take place whenever changing circumstances require it, or there is reason to believe an employee does not understand the requirements.

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