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Elevated Work

    Title:

    Elevated Work

    Publication date:

    10/23/2012

    Effective date:

    10/23/2012

    BRIEF

    Policy Summary

    The Elevated Work Program at Berkeley Lab ensures that the equipment and structures for accessing and working at elevated levels are maintained and operated according to safe practices and regulations. The Elevated Work Program also:

    • Establishes minimum performance requirements for elevated work at the Laboratory
    • Provides training and familiarization for elevated work operations, policies, and procedures
    • Provides work oversight to ensure personnel performing elevated work are authorized
    • Reviews elevated work observation metrics to forecast safe and unsafe trends of employees performing work

    Who Should Read This Policy

    Berkeley Lab employees, casual and participating visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors when performing work on aerial platforms, ladders, or scaffolds

    To Read the Full Policy, Go To:

    The POLICY tab on this wiki page

    Contact Information

    Construction Safety Group
    EHSS Division
    MPRice@lbl.gov

    Title:

    Elevated Work

    Publication date:

    10/23/2012

    Effective date:

    10/23/2012

    POLICY

    A. Purpose

    The Elevated Work Program at Berkeley Lab ensures that the equipment and structures for accessing and working at elevated levels are maintained and operated according to safe practices and regulations. The Elevated Work Program also:

    • Establishes minimum performance requirements for elevated work at the Laboratory
    • Provides training and familiarization for elevated work operations, policies, and procedures
    • Provides work oversight to ensure personnel performing elevated work are authorized
    • Reviews elevated work observation metrics to forecast safe and unsafe trends of employees performing work

    B. Persons Affected

    Berkeley Lab employees, casual and participating visitors, affiliates, and subcontractors when performing work on aerial work platforms, ladders or scaffolds.

    C. Exceptions

    None

    D. Policy Statement

    1. The Elevated Work Program covers use requirements for aerial platforms (AWPs), ladders, and scaffolds. (Work Process A)
    2. The purchase of an aerial work platform is a controlled item for procurement purposes, and procurement personnel need to ensure that the SME approves all purchases. (Work Process B)
    3. Operation of aerial work platforms and the use of ladders or scaffolding are restricted to trained personnel who have completed required Berkeley Lab training and who have been certified for specific types of equipment in accordance with the requirements of this chapter. Laboratory employees must also be authorized through their Employee Job Hazards Analysis (JHA) to operate AWPs or use ladders or scaffolds. (Work Process C)
    4. The Berkeley Lab Fall Protection Permit is the planning document required for elevated work in AWPs and for work from ladders and scaffolds at heights greater than 6 feet. (Work Process D)

    E. Roles and Responsibilities

    Managers, supervisors, and employees have the responsibility to adhere to the provisions of this policy.

    Role

    Responsibility

    Authorized Person (Worker)

    • Has a working understanding of Berkeley Lab's Elevated Work Program and has the knowledge and training necessary to perform the job safely
    • Must safely operate aerial work platforms for which they are certified

    Competent Person

    • Responsible for identifying hazards by conducting hazard surveys; stopping or limiting work at the hazard site; supervising selection and use of aerial work platform PPE; and verifying that equipment is compliant and workers are trained
    • Participates in investigations, conducts equipment inspections, and removes damaged equipment from service
    • Authorized to take prompt corrective measures to eliminate or mitigate hazards and is knowledgeable in the application and use of equipment
    • Fall Protection Competent Persons at Berkeley Lab are required to complete a training program approved by EHSS and the Fall Protection Program administrator.

    Elevated Work Subject Matter Expert (SME)

    • Responsible for providing technical expertise regarding elevated work to divisions and assist in the purchase of aerial work platforms, ladders, or scaffolds
    • Responsible for validating equivalency in training for subcontractors and vendors

    Line Management

    Responsible for ensuring that elevated work is performed safely and that AWP operators and users of ladders or scaffolds are properly qualified and authorized

    F. Definitions/Acronyms

    Term

    Definition

    Aerial Work Platform (AWP)

    A mobile device that has an adjustable position platform, supported from ground level by a structure. Examples include boom lifts and scissor lifts.

    Ladder

    An appliance usually consisting of two side rails joined at regular intervals by cross-pieces called steps, rungs, or cleats, on which a person may step while ascending or descending

    Operator

    A qualified person who controls the movement of an aerial platform

    Scaffold

    Any temporary elevated platform and its supporting structure used for supporting workmen or materials or both

    G. Recordkeeping Requirements

    • Operator qualifications (current), EHSS Training Records
    • Authorized Persons (current), EHSS Training Records
    • Training records (current), EHSS Training Records
    • Equipment inspection records (1 year), Equipment Manager

    H. Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    PUB-3000 Reference

    Title

    Type

    07.07.001.001

    Chapter 35

    Elevated Work – Aerial Work Platforms, Ladders, and Scaffolds

    Program

    07.07.001.002

    Chapter 35, Work Process A

    General Requirements

    Process

    07.07.001.003

    Chapter 35, Work Process B

    Procurement of Aerial Work Platforms, Ladders, or Scaffolding

    Process

    07.07.001.004

    Chapter 35, Work Process C

    Authorization and Qualification

    Process

    07.07.001.005

    Chapter 35, Work Process D

    Fall Protection

    Process

    07.07.001.006

    Chapter 35, Work Process E

    Inspections

    Process

    07.07.007.001

    Chapter 10

    Construction Safety

    Program

    07.07.014.001

    Chapter 30

    Fall Protection

    Program

    I. Contact Information

    Construction Safety Group
    EHSS Division
    MPRice@lbl.gov

    J. Revision History

    Date

    Revision

    By whom

    Revision Description

    Section(s) affected

    Change Type

    1/2/2012

    0

    M. Rice

    Rewrite for wiki

    All

    Minor

    10/23/2012

    1

    M. Rice

    Rewrite for wiki

    All

    Minor

    DOCUMENT INFORMATION

    Title:

    Elevated Work

    Document number

    07.07.001.000

    Revision number

    1

    Publication date:

    10/23/2012

    Effective date:

    10/23/2012

    Next review date:

    10/23/2015

    Policy Area:

    Industrial Hygiene and Safety

    RPM Section (home)

    ESH

    RPM Section (cross-reference)

    none

    Functional Division

    EHSS

    Prior reference information (optional)

    PUB- 3000, Chapter 5, Section 5.2

    Source Requirements Documents

    • 10 CFR 851.23, Worker Safety and Health Program, Safety and Health Standards
    • 29 CFR 1910, Subpart D, Walking Working Surfaces
    • 29 CFR 1910, Subpart F, Powered Platforms, Manlifts, and Vehicle-Mounted Work Platforms
    • 29 CFR 1926, Subpart L, Scaffolds
    • 29 CFR 1926, Subpart M, Fall Protection

    Implementing Documents

    Document Number

    PUB-3000 Reference

    Title

    Type

    07.07.001.001

    Chapter 35

    Elevated Work – Aerial Work Platforms, Ladders, and Scaffolds

    Program

    07.07.001.002

    Chapter 35, Work Process A

    General Requirements

    Process

    07.07.001.003

    Chapter 35, Work Process B

    Procurement of Aerial Work Platforms, Ladders, or Scaffolding

    Process

    07.07.001.004

    Chapter 35, Work Process C

    Authorization and Qualification

    Process

    07.07.001.005

    Chapter 35, Work Process D

    Fall Protection

    Process

    07.07.001.006

    Chapter 35, Work Process E

    Inspections

    Process

    07.07.007.001

    Chapter 10

    Construction Safety

    Program

    07.07.014.001

    Chapter 30

    Fall Protection

    Program

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