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The Hazard Assessment Plan: A Small Step To Avoid Big Fines

Who is responsible for Conducting a Hazard assessment? How often should an assessment be done?

Get this guide and form for conducting your own jobsite hazard assessment.

The Cost of Not Assessing Risks

In the event of a fall injury at your worksite, a completed hazard assessment can help you avoid certain OSHA citations and fines by demonstrating that your company has attempted to identify and mitigate risks to employees. Get the guide to do a field-level Hazard Assessment today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Setting your team up with the right safety equipment for a job should be a top priority. Explore our answers to the questions we often hear about fall protection. Most Hazard Assessments usually do not identify all the risks present. It is important to remain vigilant as the work progresses.

Yes, according to 1910.132(d), the employer shall verify that the required workplace hazard assessment has been performed through a written certification that identifies the workplace evaluated; the person certifying that the evaluation has been performed; the date(s) of the hazard assessment; and, which identifies the document as a certification of hazard assessment.

In general industries, fall protection equipment is required when workers are elevated a total of 4' or higher.

The ideal fall protection gear for you depends on your field. You can use the Outfit Your Crew tool from Malta Dynamics to find equipment that’s comfortable, durable and compliant.

Fall arrest and fall restraint systems sound similar, but they work differently. A fall arrest system allows a fall to occur, but the technology is designed to minimize the chances of a person making contact with another surface. In other words, these systems shorten the distance of the fall and catch the worker in suspension, rather than preventing it.

On the other hand, a fall restraint system utilizes a tie-off system that prevents workers from reaching an edge, falling over an edge, or sliding off a surface entirely. The right system for you will depend on factors like your location, the task at hand, and how much space you have available.

Some types of fall protection equipment may have an expiration date. You can typically find information about your equipment’s life span in the owner’s manual.

Not all equipment will have an expiration date. In these cases, a Competent Person should regularly inspect your gear to ensure it’s in an acceptable condition for use. You can prolong the life of your personal fall protection equipment by storing it in a temperature-controlled setting and keeping it clean.

Make sure that any software you may download is updated and OSHA compliant.


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