Environmental Health & Safety

Fall Protection

The use of fall protection equipment (FPE) poses physical and physiological hazards that could result in permanent injury or death to the wearer when used incorrectly or without adequate preparation for rescue after a fall. The University of California, Riverside (UCR) Environmental Health & Safety has developed this Fall Protection Safety Program to manage the safe selection, procurement, use of and safe work practices, inspection and record keeping of all fall protection equipment (FPE). Included are guidelines for identification and correction of locations with fall hazards that endanger employees, students, and the public.
This Fall Protection Safety Program applies to any department on campus, at field stations, or on leased property where any type of activities could result in injuries from falls. The campus Fall Protection Program outlines roles and responsibilities for the users of FPE (including fulltime employees, contract employees and graduate students performing research related activities in field stations and remote research facilities) as well as those of EH&S in managing this program, and “Owner Departments” that purchase, maintain and manage an inventory of fall protection equipment, and train their personnel on its safe use and proper care. In addition, this program describes all aspects of secondary FPE use, inspection, personnel accountability for the condition and use of the equipment, safe work practices, training requirements, and record keeping.


Department Responsiblities

The "Owner Department" is responsible to identify fall hazards/activities in their workplace and design into locations engineering controls such as guardrails, fall barriers, edge protection, etc., to prevent access to a fall hazard. Only when engineering controls cannot be used/implemented is FPE to be used to control fall hazards to personnel in a Department's operations/facilities. The department owning or exposing personnel to fall hazards is responsible for the selection of the proper FPE based upon a hazard analysis of work tasks. In addition, Owner Departments must provide training to their personnel who use the equipment, keep the records of training completed, and schedule semi-annual inspections of all FPE under their ownership/control.
The department owning the FPE must:

  • Assign a Fall Protection Program Administrator to manage the Program for the Department
  • Assure work-tasks are evaluated for hazards and that work tasks requiring fall protection to be worn are identified
  • Provide alternative access when an FPE user determines use of FPE can be avoided by providing other means of access or workspace operations such as a scaffold, lift pod or bucket truck
  • Establish a general Rescue Plan and include its adaptation to specific FPE use sites
  • Notify EH&S when new equipment is purchased so that it can be inspected by a certified FPE inspector and added to the EH&S FPE inventory
  • Schedule with EH&S a semi-annual inspection by a certified FPE inspector for all FPE in their control/ownership
  • Render unusable and then dispose of any FPE that is in any way questionably safe as determined by a certified FPE inspector or the person using the equipment
  • Provide training to all personnel using their FPE as required by the "Training" section of this program
  • Keep/maintain attendance records of all training for a minimum of five (5) years

The department that owns the FPE has the option of providing FPE user training by a training provider outside the University, within the department (assuming the trainer is a FPE-skilled person), or by EH&S. Contact EH&S Training department at 951-827-2609 or the Safety Engineer at 951-827-5118 to arrange for training to be facilitated by EH&S.

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