OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 159 Procedures in place of fall protection equipment

(1) An employer may develop and use procedures in place of fall protection equipment in accordance with subsection (2), if

(a) it is not reasonably practicable to use one of the fall protection systems described in this Part, and

(b) use of procedures in place of fall protection equipment is restricted to the following situations:

(i) the installation or removal of fall protection equipment;

(ii) roof inspection;

(iii) emergency repairs;

(iv) at-height transfers between equipment and structures if allowed by the manufacturer’s specifications; and

(v) situations in which a worker must work on top of a vehicle or load and the requirements of section 155 have been met.

(2) An employer using procedures in place of fall protection equipment must ensure that

(a) a hazard assessment in accordance with the requirements of Part 2 is completed before work at height begins,

(b) the procedures to be followed while performing the work must be in writing and available to workers before the work begins,

(c) the work is carried out in such a way that minimizes the number of workers exposed to a fall hazard while work is performed,

(d) the work is limited to light duty tasks of limited duration,

(e) the worker performing the work is competent to do it,

(f) when used for inspection, investigation or assessment activities, these activities take place prior to the actual start of work or after work has been completed, and

(g) the procedures do not expose a worker to additional hazards.