#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)

  1. Be prepared by a qualified person (QP) who is identified in the plan.
  2. Be developed for a specific site or developed for essentially identical operations.
  3. Be updated by the QP.
  4. Document why a conventional FP system cannot be used.
  5. Identify the competent person to implement and supervise the FPP.
  6. Identify the controlled access zone for each location where a conventional FP system cannot be used.
  7. Identify employees allowed in the CAZ.
  8. 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

  1. A control line or its equivalent must control access to the CAZ and must:
  2. Consist of ropes, wires, tapes, or equivalent materials and be supported by stanchions.
  3. Be flagged or marked at not more than 6 ft. o.c.
  4. Be rigged not fewer than 39 in. and not more than 45 in. from the working surface.
  5. Have a breaking strength of 200 lbs. (min.). See 1671.2 for greater detail.
  6. Signs must be posted to keep out unauthorized persons.
  7. A safety monitoring system is required and must include a designated safety monitor who is able to:
  8. Monitor the safety of other employees.
  9. Recognize fall hazards.
  10. Warn an employee when it appears that the employee is unaware of a fall hazard or is acting in an unsafe manner.
  11. Stay in sight of and in communication with the employee being monitored.
  12. Have no other responsibilities. 1671.2

Note: Only an employee covered by a fall protection plan shall be allowed in a CAZ.