Fall Protection Program
Berkeley Lab’s Fall Protection Program manages the risk of falls while individuals are working at heights through planning, training, installation, use of fall protection and rescue systems, and implementation of fall protection and rescue procedures.
At Berkeley Lab, new work surfaces higher than 4 feet (6 feet for construction) must be designed to eliminate the need for fall protection. When feasible, existing work surfaces higher than 4 feet (6 feet for construction) must be modified to eliminate the need for fall protection. Eliminating the need for fall protection may be accomplished through the application of engineering controls (such as lowering the work surface or providing barriers, such as parapets, that prevent contact with the leading edge) or administrative controls (such as changing a process, sequence, or procedure so that workers do not need to work at heights).
When it is not feasible to modify existing work surfaces higher than 4 feet, workers must use fall-protection systems when working in any situation that presents an exposure to a fall hazard.
Fall-protection work controls include guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall-arrest systems, and platform ladders.
Also refer to PUB-3000, Chapter 30 Fall Protection Program
PUB-3000, Chapter 10, Appendix A Construction Safety Manual
PUB-3000, Chapter 35, Elevated Work-Mobile Aerial Work Platforms(MAWP), Ladders, and Scaffolds
ANSI Z359.2–2007, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program