Author: Danielle Thomas
Please join FPS at the Forest Products Expo at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia this week. We are located at booth 1155 and are eager to answer all your fall protection and OSHA questions.
The Forest Products Expo covers over 100,000 square feet and provides the forest products industry with a quality venue to discuss trends, discover new technologies and focus on manufacturing successes.
Show dates & hours:
June 26, 2019 – 9AM – 5PMJune 27, 2019 – 9AM – 5PMJune 28, 2019 – 9AM – 1PM
Inspection and maintenance of fall protection equipment is essential. A worker’s full body safety harness is an integral element of his or her fall protection system and should be inspected for signs of wear or damage prior to each use.
Here is an instructional video address proper safety harness inspection.
Safety Harness Cleaning
But what about cleaning? Like any piece of equipment, a safety harness can and should be cleaned, especially if it regularly contacts any substance that can cause wear or sub-optimal functioning (abrasives, corrosives, oils). During a thorough cleaning is also a good time to inspect the harness for damage to the webbing and hardware.
So what is the best way to clean your safety harness? The process is actually quite simple and relies on basic common sense, but there are a few cautions to keep in mind:
- It is best to begin with the harness on a flat surface, leaving open to visible inspection.
- Using a moist sponge, wipe down the harness to remove excess dirt and dust.
- Mix a cleaning solution using laundry detergent or dish soap. DO
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In California, the Division of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) is known as Cal/OSHA. This department protects and improves the health and safety of workers in California. Here are the Cal/OSHA fall protection requirements.
Falls are among the most common reasons for workplace injuries and fatalities in California. Falls generally occur when employees are working at an elevated height and are not adequately protected. Some examples include employees working on elevated work surfaces, ladders, stairs, scaffolds, aerial devices, roofs, bridges, trusses, beams, purlins, plates, suspended staging, catwalks and walkways.
Falls in construction frequently involve slippery, cluttered, or unstable walking/working surfaces, unprotected edges, floor holes or wall openings, unsafely positioned ladders, and misuse of fall protection devices.
Key Cal/OSHA Fall Protection Requirements
Title 8 of California Code of Regulations (T8 CCR) specifies many requirements for fall protection in construction. Below are selected regulations that contain fall protection requirements. Refer to T8 CCR for the complete set of requirements.
Download the full fact sheet.
An important part of building a safety culture is communication. Workplace safety signage is an effective way to help keep workers safe. Signs help identify hazards and serve as a constant reminder to avoid danger.
“Although safety signs and warnings are low on the hierarchy of controls, they are an important part of communicating with employees about the hazards in the workplace,” says Diana Stegall, executive vice president of Rivendell Safety Consulting. “Signs that are well-positioned and take into consideration the hazard ‘audience’ can be very effective in communicating a hazard and serving as a reminder when no one else is around.”
According to ASSP there are three steps to better workplace safety signage:
- Speak the language of safety – identify the hazard clearly
- Location of the signage – place close to hazard to warn but not too close that prevents action
- Do not mix messages – one hazard per sign to avoid any confusion
Stop by and see us at booth 1354 today at Safety 2019. Speak directly to a fall protection specialist and coordinate your on site fall protection analysis.