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. UCSB EH&S/Industrial Safety has developed the campus Fall Protection Safety Program to manage the safe selection, procurement, use of and safe work practices, inspection and record keeping for all fall protection equipment (FPE). Included are guidelines for identification and correction of locations with fall hazards that may 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 Written Program outlines roles and responsibilities for 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. Additionally, this document 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.