Every precaution must be implemented to protect University personnel working at heights and exposed to fall hazards. The purpose of the University Fall Protection Program, procedures and concepts is to prevent injury to personnel who perform work and education-related activities at elevated working levels exceeding four feet. Potential fall hazards include working around floor openings (such as but not limited to pits, edges, and unprotected areas of catwalks), exposure to holes in any working/walking surface; working in an aerial lift, working on ladders, and any other activity that may require personnel to work at height.

The EHS Fall Protection staff can provide technical assistance to perform a fall risk hazard assessment, identify appropriate safety controls, inspect fall protection equipment, and facilitate training and workplace /operational fall protection procedures. EHS will provide oversight for successful implementation of the Program's requirements for non-Facilities Management personnel.

NOTE: Roofs on University buildings are secured from unauthorized access. Non-Facilities Management work or education-related activities under consideration, must first be evaluated by the EHS FP staff and Facilities Management Occupational Health & Safety.

This program meets the following regulations and consensus standards: 29CFR1910, Subpart D, Walking-Working Surfaces, 29CFR1926, Subpart M, Fall Protection and the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program.

UVA Policies

ID: SEC-024 - Fall Protection

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