The Fall Management Standards Set By ASSE
The American Society of Safety Engineers has laid out effective safety standards that lower probability of fall injuries in the workstation. The systematic fall risk management structure, for instance, depends on three key steps, which are fall elimination, fall prevention, and fall arresting. Fall risk elimination is the initial phase that requires assessing the workstation during the first engineering stages of a project and when planning implementation of diverse tasks involved. The purpose of site evaluation is to get rid of all potential fall risk factors in addition to identifying other appropriate approaches that could be applied to promote safety and improve productivity.
Considering safety measures in the early stages of a project lowers safety risk factors and ensures that the staffs incorporate safety standards into regular work procedures. For illustration, the workers can set up anchorage at strategic locations to secure fall arrest systems hence promoting safety while reducing installation costs.
The next fall management phase is fall prevention and it necessitates systematic evaluation of the workstation to determine the fall risks that could not be removed entirely. Even if it is impossible to get rid of the fall hazard, the administration has a responsibility of improving the workplace to prevent fall hazards. The typical measures at this phase entail fixing of barriers, movement restrictions, handrails, staircases, and other structures that reduce chances of occurrence of safety hazards.
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Fall arresting is the other step in the line of protecting staffs against falls hazard and it involves the application of suitable fall-arresting equipment. Different arresting facilities are only used when the fall risk factors cannot be eliminated, reduced or barred by changing the design of the workstation or applying appropriate work processes. Mostly, the equipment applied in this stage comprise of lanyards, harnessers, fall arresters, supports, safety nets, anchorages, and shock absorbers all of which lower the effect or the risk of injury if a fall occurs. This stage involves critical analysis of the workplace and work processes to determine the right equipment to install, where to install and how to use the equipment correctly to minimize the risk.
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Additionally, the administration of workplace in which significant fall hazard exist must establish a written fall hazard protection plan that should be applied to reduce or manage the risk. Moreover, the administration should include the safety necessities defined in the fall prevention plan in agreement papers to ensure all the employees follow the applicable standards. All the staffs doing work at raised positions must be skilled in applying, evaluating and perform minor maintenance on the fall arrest equipment. Besides, if any worker shifts to another environment or new fall protection facilities are fixed, he or she must undertake refresher safety course