COVID-19 Site Specific Safety Manual Template

COVID-19 Site Specific Safety Manual

 

Revised: ****


 

TOPICS

 

Overview

 

Pre-Job Site Work Questionnaire

 

Regulatory Benefits Information

 

Safety Rules

 

Safety Training

 

Hazard Communication Program

 

Fall Protection Plan

 

Protection from Falling Objects

 

General Worksite Policy

 

Training Program

 

Scaffolding

 

Personal Protective & Life Saving Equipment

 

First Aid Policy

 

Acknowledgement


OVERVIEW

 

We understand you may have concerns about working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

We understand your concerns and our responsibility to keep a safe workplace including:

  • Providing you with required PPE;
  • Providing necessary worksite housekeeping and providing:
    • hand wipes and/or alcohol-based hand rubs;
    • individual water bottles in lieu of using a common source of drinking water, such as a cooler.

 

Company policies related to COVID-19 include:

  • Employees must IMMEDIATELY inform the Company when the employee or an employee’s immediate family member has COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • While at work employees must:
    • practice ‘social distancing’ of at least 6 feet;
    • wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, when soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol;
    • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
    • follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes;
    • limit in-person meetings;
    • stagger breaks and lunches, if practicable;
    • limit the use of co-workers’ tools and equipment or, when tools must be shared, the Company will provide alcohol-based wipes to clean tools before and after use;
    • minimize ride-sharing.

The safety, health and wellbeing of all employees is of primary importance to The Company.  Therefore, accident prevention is of primary importance.  Safety will always receive the same precedence as quality and production since deficiencies in any of these areas can result in employee injury, customer dissatisfaction or financial loss.

 

The Company will take all practical steps to provide a safe and healthful workplace.  In our efforts to provide a safe workplace, we have established safety procedures outlined in the following pages.  It is the responsibility of all employees to comply with these procedures.  It is expected that every employee will work together to achieve the common goal of accident prevention.

 

 

 

 

 

PRE-JOB SITE WORK QUESTIONNAIRE

 

To alleviate any concerns, we are asking the job site supervisor the following questions before we send you to that site:

 

  1. Is the use of applicable PPE required?
  2. Is ‘social distancing’ of at least 6 feet required?
  3. Are hand wipes and/or alcohol-based hand rubs available?
  4. Are individual water bottles in lieu of using a common source of drinking water available?
  5. Are employees advised to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or, when soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol?
  6. Are employees required to follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, which includes covering for coughs and sneezes?
  7. Are in-person meetings limited and staggered breaks and lunches available?
  8. When tools must be shared, are alcohol-based wipes to clean tools provided?

 

  1. Who should employees inform when they become aware of an unsafe work condition?
  2. Who has ‘stop work’ authority?
  3. Are there hazardous chemicals on the job site?

 

  1. Where are first aid kits located?
  2. Where is the nearest location that an employee with a serious medical can go to be treated?
  3. Are any employees on the job trained in first aid or CPR?
  4. Is an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) available onsite?

 

 

The above questions were asked.

 

Job Site Location:    ______________________________________________

 

Date Asked:              ______________________________________________

 

Spoke To:                  ______________________________________________

 

Asked by:                   ______________________________________________

 


REGULATORY BENEFITS INFORMATION

 

  • Typically, employees will NOT be eligible for Unemployment Compensation when the Company has work available unless:
    • the Company reduces an employee’s hours because of COVID-19;
    • an employee has been told not to work because the Company feels the employee might get or spread COVID-19 or;
    • the employee has been told to quarantine or self-isolate.
  • Typically, employees will NOT be eligible for FFCRA paid sick leave for family & medical leave benefits if they are not working for non-COVID-19 reasons.
  • Typically, employees will be eligible for FFCRA paid sick leave and family & medical leave benefits if they are not working because of COVID-19 reasons.  

SAFETY RULES

 

The following general safety rules are an important part of the overall Safety Program. Because some activities and equipment represent potential for injury, definite guidelines are necessary in order to protect the employees.  The following general safety rules as well as the safety precautionary signs posted throughout the area are to be adhered to at all times.  Perceived production demands should not be the cause of an employee shortcutting the appropriate policies and procedures specifically designed to ensure individual safety.

 

If in doubt, check it out.  If there is reason to think that a job is unsafe, any employee can stop working and ask a supervisor to determine whether the job is safe, without fear of sanctions.  Employees who do not follow the proper safety procedures may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination.

 

  1. Any safety violations or concerns should be reported to a supervisor immediately.  If an employee believes that their reported concern has not been satisfactorily addressed they should report the discrepancy to the supervisor or a safety committee representative in writing.

 

  1. All accidents must be reported immediately to a supervisor and the Human Relations Office.

 

  1. Being under the influence or use of alcohol or any other controlled substances during working hours, including lunch hour is prohibited.

 

  1. All extension cords should be inspected for fraying before being put into use.  Extension cords shall be used only as a means of temporary wiring.  Furthermore, extension cords shall not be run through holes in walls, doorways, walkways or run across pinch points or near moving parts of machinery.

 

  1. All employees are required to wear protective clothing as determined by the task being performed.  As a minimum, this will include ANSI approved hard-hats for all outside plant personnel, including customers and visitors. The appropriate protective equipment for other job tasks will be determined by the supervisor in accordance with OSHA standards.  Selection guidelines for protective equipment are outlined in OSHA Standards available for everyone to review.  In determining the need for protective equipment, OSHA selection guides will be utilized.

 

  1. All protective equipment will comply with appropriate ANSI and OSHA manufacturing requirements.  Typical examples include safety goggles for all cutting/chipping operations, steel toe shoes or work boots for outside plant personnel and leatherwork gloves or chemical barrier gloves to protect the hands.  Specialized operations such as welding, cutting and brazing will require the appropriate use of protective head, eye and body coverings as outlined by OSHA regulations.

 

  1. Mechanical safeguards must always be kept in place.  Saws or tools without their guards shall not be used at all.  They shall be removed from the worksite until properly repaired.

 

  1. Adjusting or re-adjusting machine set-ups while a machine is operating is prohibited.

 

  1. A ring test should be used before mounting a grinding wheel on a grinder.

 

  1. Only authorized and trained forklift drivers will be permitted to operate forklifts or other specialized equipment.  CDL licensing requirements is required for personnel responsible for operating vehicles requiring such licensing as outlined by the Department of Transportation. Operators of special purpose vehicles (such as earth moving equipment) will be properly trained in safe operating procedures for that equipment.

 

  1. Employees should follow the proper body mechanics when handling and moving material.

 

  1. All employees working in the high noise areas must wear hearing protection.  These areas are identified with appropriate warning signs.

 

  1. Employees engaged in major equipment repairs, renovations or servicing will take measures to ensure that unexpected start-up, that could cause injury, is prevented.  The employee performing the work will ensure the energy source to that equipment is turned off with residual energy released from operating systems before beginning work. The energy source for powering the equipment will be secured in a neutral or off position to prevent accidental start-up utilizing a padlock or other means as effective as the padlock to prevent inadvertent start up.  Energy sources to be controlled include hydraulic, gravity, spring, pneumatic, kinetic and electricity.

 

  1. Task performance procedures outlined in the job safety analysis will be adhered to at all times to prevent injury and aid in safety training.

 

  1. Smoking is permitted in designated areas only.

 

  1. All personnel with a responsibility to operate company owned vehicles or personal vehicles on company business, on or off site, will be required to utilize installed restrained and safety systems when operating such equipment.  All local, state and federal traffic laws will be observed.  Additional precautions such as speed reduction will be utilized when conditions for driving are worsened by weather events, high traffic, road construction, etc.

 

  1. A three-foot clearance will be maintained in front of all electrical panel boxes to ensure the panels are accessible in the event of an emergency.

 

  1. When cleaning with compressed air, the pressure will not exceed 30 psi and a chipguard must be utilized.

 

  1. Fire alarms, hydrants, fire extinguishers, safety eyewashes or any other emergency equipment shall be plainly marked and free from obstruction that prevents access.

 

  1. Proper procedures will be followed when storing and handling flammable and combustible liquids.  As a minimum, spark or fire producing devices will not be used within fifty feet of any combustible liquid or material, except in cases where it is required, such as welding, cutting or brazing.  In those instances all possible precautions, including having a fire extinguisher available for immediate use will be followed.

 

  1. Employee family members are not permitted in the outside plant area unless specifically granted access by a supervisor.

 

 

SAFETY TRAINING

 

We are committed to providing all employees with the proper training necessary to ensure that they can perform their jobs without placing themselves at risk of injury.  All employees will be given the following training upon employment and an ongoing basis as indicated below:

 

 

Training
Frequency

·

General Safety Rules

As necessary

·

Safe Machine Operation

Upon assignments to new machine

·

Body Mechanics and Lifting Procedures

Annual

·

Hazard Communication Program

Annual

·

Hearing Conservation

As necessary

·

Forklift Training

Upon assignment and annually thereafter

·

Other areas as may be deemed appropriate as necessary or necessary (i.e. heavy equipment operation, etc.)

·

In addition, supervisors will be given training in Safety Auditing, Return to Work Programs, Job Skill Assessment and Accident Investigation.

 

All training will be documented in writing, signed by the trainer and trainee, and included in the trainee's personnel file.  Training is an important part of the overall Safety Program.  Employees must participate in required training and give 100% commitment to fully understanding and utilizing the training in their jobs on a daily basis.

 

 

Hazard Communication Program

 

The Company is complying with the requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard for construction by compiling a list of hazardous chemicals, using SDSs, ensuring that containers are labeled, and training our workers present at any given construction site.  In addition, we provide this same information to other contractors involved in a specific project so that they may provide this information and train their employees.

 

This program applies to all work operations in our company where employees may be exposed to hazardous substances under normal working conditions or during an emergency situation.

 

Under this program, our employees will be informed of the contents of the Hazard Communication Standard, the hazardous properties of chemicals with which they work, safe handling procedures, and measures to take to protect themselves from these chemicals.  Our employees will also be informed of the hazards associated with non-routine tasks, such as cleaning of reactor vessels, and the hazards associated with chemicals in unlabeled pipes.

 

If after reading this program, you find that improvements can be made, please contact the safety and health manager.  We encourage all suggestions because we are committed to the success of our written hazard communication program.  We strive for clear understanding, safe behavior, and involvement in the program from every level of the company.

 

Hazard Evaluation

 

Our chemical inventory is a list of hazardous chemicals known to be present in our workplace.  Anyone who comes into contact with the hazardous chemicals on the list needs to know what those chemicals are and how to protect him or herself.  That is why it is so important that hazardous chemicals are identified, whether they are found in a container or generated at work operations (for example, welding fumes, dusts, and exhaust fumes).  The hazardous chemicals on the list can cover a variety of physical forms including liquids, solids, gases, vapors, fumes and mists.  Sometimes hazardous chemicals can be identified using purchase orders.  Identification of others requires an actual inventory of the facility.  A central point of contact within the organization has been designated to ensure material safety data sheets are sent with each new product procured by the organization.  This procedure and list will be audited on an annual basis by the safety and health committee.

 

The Safety and Health Manager keeps the chemical inventory list, along with related work practices used in our facility and jobsites.  A copy of the chemical inventory and each material safety data book along with the written program is maintained at the administrative offices where it is accessible during work hours.

 

The Company does not manufacture any chemicals and, therefore, does not make any hazard determinations.

 

After the chemical inventory is compiled, it serves as a list of every chemical for which an SDS must be maintained.

 

Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

 

The SDSs we use are fact sheets for chemicals, which pose a physical or health hazard in the workplace.  SDSs provide our employees with specific information on the chemicals that they use.

 

The Safety and Health Manager is responsible for obtaining/maintaining the SDSs at our facility.  He will contact the chemical manufacturer or vendor if additional research is necessary.  All new procurements for chemical supplies or products subject to OSHA Standard must be coordinated with the Safety and Health Manager.

 

The safety data sheets are kept in the administrative offices.  

 

The procedures followed if the SDS is not received at the time of first shipment are:  a letter is forwarded to the manufacturer or distributor of the product requesting a safety data sheet if the information is mandated by OSHA.

 

We do not generate SDSs.

 

No alternatives to SDSs are used in this workplace.

 

Labels and Other Forms of Warning

 

Labels list at least the chemical identity, appropriate hazard warnings, and the name and address of the manufacturer, importer or other responsible party.  The chemical identity is found on the label, the SDS, and the chemical inventory.  Therefore, the chemical identity links these three sources of information.  The chemical identity used by the supplier may be a common or trade name, or a chemical name.  The hazard warning is a brief statement of the hazardous effects of the chemical (i.e., “flammable”, or “causes lung damage”).  Labels frequently contain other information, such as precautionary measures (i.e., “do not use near open flame”), but this information is provided voluntarily by our company and is not required by the rule.  Our labels are legible and prominently displayed, though their sizes and colors can vary.

 

The General Foreman along with the administrative designee will be responsible for all container labels of chemicals utilized or stored in vehicles or on job sites.  He will ensure all bulk storage quantities of hazardous chemicals warehoused at the Willow Grove location are properly labeled and is responsible for ensuring that all hazardous chemicals in in-plant containers are properly labeled and updated, as necessary.  The General Foreman, along with the administrative designee, will be responsible for all container labels of chemicals utilized or stored in vehicles or on the job site.  He will ensure all bulk storage quantities of hazardous chemicals warehoused at the Willow Grove location are properly labeled and ensures that newly purchased materials are checked for labels prior to use.

 

The General Superintendent is responsible for ensuring the proper labeling of any shipped containers.

 

The General Foreman along with the administrative designee will be responsible for all container labels of chemicals utilized or stored in vehicles or on the job site.  He will ensure all bulk storage quantities of hazardous chemicals warehoused at the Willow Grove location are properly labeled.  The General Superintendent will refer to the corresponding MSDS to assist employees in verifying label information.

 

A poster is displayed to inform employees about the hazard communication standard.  It is a standard poster developed by our insurance agency Risk Manager and the safety committee will post it for employee review.

 

The labeling system used on in-plant and shipped containers is: manufacturers’ labels or their equivalent will be attached to all containers of hazardous chemicals.  A sample label is attached to this written program.

 

If employees transfer chemicals from a labeled container to a portable container that is intended only for their IMMEDIATE use, no labels are required on the portable container.

 

No alternatives to labeling are used in this workplace.

 

The following procedures are used to review and update label information when necessary and to ensure that labels that fall off or become unreadable are immediately replaced: inadequate labels or labels that have been torn or damaged will be replaced as identified during job site inspections when detected or during quarterly safety inspections conducted by the safety committee.

 

Training

 

Everyone who works with or is potentially “exposed” to hazardous chemicals will receive initial training and any necessary retraining on the Hazard Communication Standard and the safe use of those hazardous chemicals by the General Superintendent with assistance and input from our insurance agency Risk Manager.  “Exposure” means that “an employee is subjected to a hazardous chemical in the course of employment through any route of entry (inhalation, ingestion, skin contact or absorption, etc.) and includes potential (e.g. accidental or possible) exposure.”  Whenever a new hazard is introduced or an old hazard changes, additional training is provided.

 

Information and training is a critical part of the hazard communication program.  We train our employees to read and understand the information on labels and SDSs, determine how the information can be obtained and used in their own work areas, and understand the risks of exposure to chemicals in their work areas as well as the ways to protect themselves.

 

Our goal is to ensure employee comprehension and understanding including being aware that they are exposed to hazardous chemicals, knowing how to read and use labels and SDSs, and appropriately following the protective measures we have established.  We require our employees to ask the General Superintendent with any questions regarding this program.  As part of the assessment of the training program, the General Superintendent with assistance and input from our insurance agency Risk Manager asks for input from employees regarding the training they have received, and their suggestions for improving it.  In this way, we hope to reduce any incidence of chemical source illnesses and injuries.

 

All employees receive training for hazard communication.

 

Training Content

 

Training content is organized according to the requirements of the OSHA Standard.  Our insurance agency Risk Manager utilizes lecture, video and sample program handouts for each employee required to be trained.  They will be trained by hazard class, since we utilize chemicals with similar occupational exposures such as flammability, irritation, etc.  The format of the training program used is lecture and audiovisual presentation.

 

The training plan emphasizes these elements:

 

  • Summary of the standard and this written program, including what hazardous chemicals are present, the labeling system used, and access to MSDS information and what it means.
  • Chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials (e.g., flash point, reactivity) and methods that can be used to detect the presence or release of chemicals (including chemicals in unlabeled pipes).
  • Physical hazards of chemicals (e.g., potential for fire, explosion, etc.).
  • Health hazards, including signs and symptoms of exposure, associated with exposure to chemicals and any medical condition known to be aggravated by exposure to the chemical.
  • Procedures to protect against hazards (e.g., engineering controls; work practices or methods to assure proper use and handling of chemicals; personal protective equipment required, and its proper use, and maintenance; and procedures for reporting chemical emergencies).

 

All new employees will be provided training upon assignment by the General Superintendent, on an annual basis and upon assignment in addition to an annual training program conducted by our insurance agency Risk Manager.  We train employees when a new hazard is introduced by the material safety data sheet and any unique hazards or protective requirements will be explained at the job site before the product is utilized.  Employees will be provided with any protective equipment required for the chemical in use as outlined in the standard developed by OSHA.

 

Certificates are signed by employees upon completion of their training and are kept by the safety committee chairperson who reviews the training program and written program on an annual basis.

 

FALL PROTECTION PLAN

 

OSHA currently regulates fall protection for construction under Part 1926, Subpart M.  The standards for regulating fall protection systems and procedures are intended to prevent employees from falling off, onto or through working levels and to protect employees from falling objects.  Fall protection requirements under the OSHA Construction regulations require considerable planning and preparation.

Written fall protection procedures establish guidelines to be followed whenever an employee works above dangerous equipment on ramps or runways, or at heights with fall protection at the job site.  The regulations:

 

  • Are designed to provide a safe working environment, and
  • Govern use of fall protection procedures and equipment.

 

Written procedures for fall protection establish uniform requirements for fall protection training, operation, and practices.  The effectiveness of the written fall protection procedures depends on the active support and involvement of all employees who perform the jobs requiring it.  This plan is intended to document procedures that ensure all work requiring fall protection is carried out safely.

 

Purpose

The Company is dedicated to the protection of our employees from on-the-job injuries.  All employees of our Company have the responsibility to work safely on the job.  The purpose of this plan is to:

 

  • Supplement our standard safety policy by providing safety standards specifically designed to cover fall protection on this job.
  • Ensure that each employee is trained and made aware of the safety provisions which are to be implemented by this plan prior to the start of erection.

 

This program informs interested persons, including employees that our Company is complying with OSHA's Fall Protection requirements, (29 CFR 1926.500 to.503).

This program applies to all employees who might be exposed to fall hazards, except when designated employees are inspecting, investigating, or assessing workplace conditions before the actual start of construction work or after all construction work has been completed.

All fall protection systems selected for each application will be installed before an employee is allowed to go to work in an area that necessitates the protection.  The Program Coordinator/Manager is responsible for its implementation.  Copies of the written program may be obtained from the Program Coordinator/Manager.  Certain employees are authorized to inspect, investigate, or assess workplace conditions before construction work begins or after all construction work has been completed.  This employee is exempt from the fall protection rule during the performance of these duties.

This authorized employee determines if all walking/working surfaces on which our employees work have the strength and structural integrity to support the employees.  Our employees will not be allowed to work on these surfaces until they have the requisite strength and structural integrity.

Our Duty to Provide Fall Protection

To prevent falls our Company has a duty to anticipate the need to work at heights and to plan our work activities accordingly.  Careful planning and preparation lay the necessary groundwork for an accident-free jobsite.

Worksite Assessment and Fall Protection System Selection

This fall protection plan is intended to anticipate the particular fall hazards to which our employees may be exposed.  Specifically, we:

 

  • Inspect the area to determine what hazards exist or may arise during the work.
  • Identify the hazards and select the appropriate measures and equipment.
  • Give specific and appropriate instructions to workers to prevent exposure to unsafe conditions.
  • Ensure employees follow procedures given and understand training provided.
  • Apprise ourselves of the steps our specialty subcontractors have taken to meet their fall protection requirements.

 

Providing fall protection requires an assessment of each fall situation at a given jobsite.  Our criteria for selecting a given fall protection system follow those established at 29 CFR 1926.502, fall protection systems criteria and practices.  Each employee exposed to these situations must be trained as outlined later in this plan.

PROTECTION FROM FALLING OBJECTS

When employees are exposed to falling objects, we ensure they wear hard hats and also implement one of the following measures:

 

  • Erect toe boards, screens, or guardrail systems to prevent objects from falling from higher levels.
  • 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 moved.
  • 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 moved.
  • Cover or guard holes 6 feet or more above a lower level.

 

GENERAL WORKSITE POLICY

1. If any one of the conditions described in the Workplace Assessment is not met for the area or piece of equipment posing a potential fall hazard, then do not perform that work until the condition is met.  If you cannot remedy the condition immediately, notify a supervisor of the problem and utilize a different piece of equipment or work in a different area, according to the situation.

2. If the situation calls for use of fall protection devices such as harnesses or lanyards and belts because the fall hazard cannot be reduced to a safe level, then the employee must don such protective equipment before beginning the work and use it as intended throughout the duration of the work.

3. Only employees trained in such work are expected to perform it.

4. All places of employment, job sites shall be kept clean and orderly and in a sanitary condition.

5. All walking/working surfaces must be kept in a clean and, so far as possible, dry condition. Where wet processes are used, drainage shall be maintained, and false floors, platforms, mats, or other dry standing places should be provided where practicable.

TRAINING PROGRAM

Under no circumstances shall employees work in areas where they might be exposed to fall hazards, do work requiring fall protection devices, or use fall protection devices until they have successfully completed this company's fall protection training program.

The training program includes classroom instruction and operational training on recognition and avoidance of unsafe conditions and the regulations applicable to their work environment for each specific fall hazard the employee may encounter.  The training program is conducted by a "competent person" qualified in each aspect of the program, and must cover the following areas:

 

  • The nature of fall hazards in the work area.
  • Selection and use of personal fall arrest systems, including application limits, proper anchoring and tie-off techniques, estimation of free fall distance (including determination of deceleration distance and total fall distance to prevent striking a lower level), methods of use, and inspection and storage of the system.
  • The correct procedures for erecting, maintaining, disassembling, and inspecting the fall protection systems to be used.
  • The use and operation of guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, safety net systems, warning line systems, safety monitoring systems, controlled access zones, and other protection to be used.
  • The role of each employee in the safety monitoring system when this is used.
  • The limitations on the use of mechanical equipment during the performance of roofing work on low-sloped roofs.
  • The correct procedures for the handling and storage of equipment and materials and the erection of overhead protection.
  • The role of employees in fall protection plans.
  • The standards contained in Subpart M of the construction regulations.

 

SCAFFOLDING

Scaffolds are to be erected, moved, dismantled or altered only by experienced and trained employees who have been selected for that work.  Employees who are involved in the activities listed above must be trained to recognize hazards associated with those activities.

Training includes but is not limited to the following:

  • The nature of scaffold hazards
  • Correct procedures for erecting, disassembling, etc; the type of scaffold in question
  • The design criteria, maximum intended load capacity, and intended use of the scaffold
  • The nature of any electrical hazard, fall hazard and falling object hazard in the work area and the correct procedure for dealing with those hazards
  • The proper use of the scaffold, and the proper handling of materials on the scaffold
  • The maximum intended load and the load-carrying capacity of the scaffold

Fall Protection

Personal fall-arrest systems used on scaffolds are to be attached by lanyard to a vertical lifeline, horizontal lifeline, or scaffold structural member. Note: Vertical lifelines may not be used on two-point adjustable suspension scaffolds that have overhead components such as overhead protection or additional platform levels

When vertical lifelines are used, they must be fastened to a fixed safe point of anchorage, independent of the scaffold, and be protected from sharp edges and abrasion. Safe points of anchorage include structural members of buildings, but not standpipes, vents, electrical conduit, etc., or anything that may give way under the force of a fall.

It is impermissible for two or more vertical lifelines to be attached to each other, or to the same point of anchorage. When horizontal lifelines are used, they are to be secured to two or more structural members of the scaffold.

When lanyards are connected to horizontal lifelines or structural members, the scaffold must have additional independent support lines and automatic locking devices capable of stopping the fall of the scaffold in case one or both of the suspension ropes fail. These independent support lines must be equal in number and strength to the suspension ropes. On suspended scaffolds with horizontal lifelines that may become vertical lifelines, the devices used to connect to the horizontal lifeline must be capable of locking in both directions.

The Safety Coordinator will identify all current and new employees who require training and schedule the classroom instruction for those employees.  Training on the above components will occur both in the classroom and on the job site, as appropriate.  Classroom training will cover written policy/procedures on fall protection and include a training video on the subject. Job site instruction will include demonstration of and practice in wearing fall protection equipment and any instruction necessary for a specific job.

The Safety Coordinator has overall responsibility for the safety of employees and will verify compliance with 1926.503(a), training program, for each employee required to be trained.

The Safety Coordinator has the responsibility of determining when an employee who has already been trained, does not have the understanding and skill required by the training program (1926.503(a)).

A written certificate of training is required which must include:

 

  • The name or other identity of the employee trained.
  • The date(s) of training.
  • The signature of the competent person who conducted the training or the signature of the employer.

 

Retraining is required when an employee cannot demonstrate the ability to recognize the hazards of falling and the procedures to be followed to minimize fall hazards.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE & LIFE SAVING EQUIPMENT

 

All employees of The Company are expected to utilize the Safety Equipment provided.  Upon entrance of any work site, hard hats must be worn.  Protective/appropriate clothing is required i.e. ankle length pants, full shirts, work shoes/boots.  All employees are required to wear safety glasses whenever a possible hazard to the eyes does exist or could exist.

 

Personal protective equipment issued to all field employees as required/requested.

 

Any missing or damaged equipment should be reported to a supervisor immediately for replacement.

 

FIRST AID POLICY

It is the policy of The Company to have a safe work environment for employees.  Emphasis is placed on the prevention of accidents and injuries.  When injuries do occur, prompt and knowledgeable treatment of injured employees will, in many cases, prevent minor injuries from becoming major ones.  The Company will train employees in basic first aid and CPR practices.

Medical panels are provided to insure the availability of medical personnel for advice and consultation on matters of occupational health.

In the absence of an infirmary, clinic, hospital, or physician, that is reasonably accessible in terms of time and distance to the worksite, which is available for the treatment of injured employees, a person who has a valid certificate in first-aid training from the American Red Cross, or equivalent training that can be verified by documentary evidence, shall be available at the worksite to render first aid.

First-aid supplies are provided and shall be easily accessible when required. The first-aid kit shall consist of materials in a weatherproof container with individual sealed packages for each type of item. The contents of the first-aid kit shall be checked by the employer before being sent out on each job and at least weekly on each job to ensure that the expended items are replaced.

 Where the eyes or body of any person may be exposed to injurious corrosive materials, suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body shall be provided within the work area for immediate emergency use.


ACKNOWDLEGEMENT

 

I have read and understand the above.

 

Printed Name:           _________________________________________

Signed Name:           _________________________________________

Date:                           _________________________________________

 


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