The Scaffolding 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 usage of scaffolding. The campus Scaffolding Safety Program outlines roles and responsibilities for users of scaffolding (including fulltime employees, contract employees and graduate students performing research related activities in field stations and remote research facilities), EH&S/Industrial Safety staff in managing this program, and “Owner Departments” that purchase, maintain and manage an inventory of scaffolding equipment. Additionally, this document describes all aspects of scaffolding use, inspection, personnel accountability for the condition and use of the equipment, safe work practices, training requirements, and record keeping.
The department owning the scaffolding or exposing personnel to scaffolding-related hazards is responsible for:
- Designating a “Competent Person” who will train and direct personnel involved in the erecting, dismantling, moving, operating, repairing, maintaining, working from, and inspection of scaffolding.
- Ensuring that all personnel working on or in the vicinity of scaffolding equipment are trained and authorized to do so.
- Ensuring that all personnel working on or in the vicinity of scaffolding equipment comply with the established safe work practices for scaffolding as outlined in the written Scaffolding Safety Program.
- Ensure all scaffolding equipment is properly maintained, required inspections are completed, and the associated documentation is retained.
For further assistance or information regarding scaffolding safety please contact EH&S/Industrial Safety staff at (805) 893-5532.