Work environments are constantly changing; this has an immense bearing on workplace health and safety. Every employer, employee and safety provider needs to incorporate a dynamic safety management program that will keep up with their ever-changing work environments.
At Tritech Fall Protection Systems, we take pride in our ability to offer solutions that exceed your expectations and keep your workers safe. As rightly put by John L. Henshaw (Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health): "There can be no work more rewarding and no job more fulfilling than helping to protect the lives and well-being of the working men and women who keep our nation strong. We can make a difference and we will."
It is a known fact that falls from heights are one of the leading causes of occupational accidents and injuries. A fall protection program must be formalized to ensure the safety of your workers and remain compliant with local and federal safety legislation. The initial step in this process is to have an independent fall hazard assessment completed at your facility. Once the fall hazards have been identified, the first course of action would be to eliminate the hazards and adopt a fall prevention procedure. If this is not possible, then measures need to be taken to protect the employees working at heights.
These measures include, but are not limited to, the installation of engineered fall protection systems, the use of approved PPE, a detailed Standard Operating Procedure, documented rescue procedures and proper training for all workers. A comprehensive fall protection program also includes an annual inspection of each system and servicing of the systems if required.
The controls not only include appropriate fall protection equipment, accessories and/or engineered systems but very importantly the Standard Operating Procedures. Training of workers is also intrinsic to this. Rescue Procedures, Periodic Servicing, Documentation, Reporting and Periodic Review are other aspects of a fall protection program that must not be neglected.
An effort must be made to update oneself with the changing local and federal legislations and ensure compliance.