FALL PROTECTION TRAINING STANDARD (OSHA 1926.503)

Employers are responsible for ensuring that workplaces are designed to prevent employees from falling off overhead platforms, off elevated work stations, or into holes in the floor and walls. They must also provide appropriate fall protection, when necessary. However, if workers do not know how to correctly use fall protection, it will not effectively reduce their risk of being injured or killed in a workplace fall. Workers must be trained about fall hazards and the proper use of fall protection in a language they understand. 

  • Employer must provide a training program for each employee who might be exposed to fall hazards
  • Programs shall enable each employee to recognize the hazards of falling and shall train each employee in the procedures to be followed in order to minimize these hazards
  • Limitations on the use of safety equipment and the effect on operations must be communicated.
  • Employer must maintain a written certification record of training including employee name, date of training, and signature of trainer or employer.

Training must be conducted by a competent person and include:

  • Nature of fall hazards in the work area
  • Correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection systems to be used
  • Use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall rest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection to be used
  • Role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when systems are used

Re-Training must be done under the following circumstances:

  • When the employer has reason to believe that any affected employee who has already been trained does not have the understanding and skill required by the standard
  • Changes in the workplace render previous training obsolete