#77 Fall Protection Plans
A fall protection plan (FPP) must be implemented when a fall protection (FP) system is required but cannot be used because the system creates a greater hazard or is impractical. 1671.1 The fall protection plan must: 1671.1(a)(1)
- Be prepared by a qualified person (QP) who is identified in the plan.
- Be developed for a specific site or developed for essentially identical operations.
- Be updated by the QP.
- Document why a conventional FP system cannot be used.
- Identify the competent person to implement and supervise the FPP.
- Identify the controlled access zone for each location where a conventional FP system cannot be used.
- Identify employees allowed in the CAZ.
- Be implemented and supervised by the competent person.
Note: An up-to-date copy of the fall protection plan must be at the job site.
The controlled access zone must be established and maintained as follows: 1671.2
- A control line or its equivalent must control access to the CAZ and must:
- Consist of ropes, wires, tapes, or equivalent materials and be supported by stanchions.
- Be flagged or marked at not more than 6 ft. o.c.
- Be rigged not fewer than 39 in. and not more than 45 in. from the working surface.
- Have a breaking strength of 200 lbs. (min.). See 1671.2 for greater detail.
- Signs must be posted to keep out unauthorized persons.
- A safety monitoring system is required and must include a designated safety monitor who is able to:
- Monitor the safety of other employees.
- Recognize fall hazards.
- Warn an employee when it appears that the employee is unaware of a fall hazard or is acting in an unsafe manner.
- Stay in sight of and in communication with the employee being monitored.
- Have no other responsibilities. 1671.2
Note: Only an employee covered by a fall protection plan shall be allowed in a CAZ.