Definition – What does Fall Protection Plan mean?
A fall protection plan is a safety plan for workers in unprotected elevated work areas, generally at heights above six feet. The plan aims to provide a safe working environment and to administer the use of fall protection measures, techniques and equipment. It ensures standard practices designed to ensure that fall prevention training, procedure and practices are shared with all employees for implementation.
HSSE WORLD explains Fall Protection Plan
Falls are the top workplace danger as recorded by insurance companies and government regulators. Fall protection plan is designed to ensure the safety of employees so as to prevent falls from heights at the workplace. A fall protection plan shows the reason why conventional fall protection cannot, or should not be used in some places. It is prepared, altered, approved and implemented only by qualified persons. A copy of this plan should be kept ready and at hand at the job site.
Fall protection plans usually show the following guidelines:
- Identifying hazards
- Methods to be used in the prevention
- Engineering Controls – moving the task to ground level, using mechanical devices to reach an area or use remote-sensing equipment
- Use of guardrails – made from steel, wood, and wire rope at open-sided floors, excavations or pits and on leading edges of roofs or mezzanines
- Warning signs and lines – warnings and safe working boundary lines
- Personal fall protection systems – safety harness, body belts, retractable lanyards and ropes
- Correct procedures to be used including the adequacy of attachment points
- Alternative methods and procedures
- The prompt and safe evacuation of an injured person and treatment in an emergency