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Creating a fall protection plan: Use these rules to enforce compliance

by , 15 January 2014
One of the steps you must take when creating a fall protection plan is to enforce compliance. Here are the rules you can use to do this...

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to enforce compliance with these rules if you're creating a fall protection plan.

Here's what you must do to enforce compliance when creating a fall protection plan

For starters, you must have a disciplinary process for employees who fail to comply with safety rules. Or don't follow the procedures put in place to manage and control loss due to injury, or ineffective personal fall protection and fall arrest equipment, and systems.

Warning: 'The law views non-compliance and non-conformance with your fall protection plan as a criminal act,' says the Health & Safety Advisor.

So draw up a policy to enforce compliance. Make sure you align the content of your policy with the legal requirements.

You must include Section 15 of the OHSA in your policy. Explain that no one must intentionally or recklessly interfere with, damage or misuse anything provided in the interest of health or safety.

You must also include the Basic Conditions of Employment Act disciplinary process. This process has four stages:

Remember, enforcing compliance with these rules isn't the only step you must take when creating a fall protection plan.

Make sure your fall protection plan also covers:

  • Work location and competencies
  • Statement of company policy
  • Fall protection systems to be used on this project
  • Safety monitoring system
  • Implementation of fall protection plan
  • Personal fall arrest systems
  • Incident/accident investigation process
  • Changes to fall protection plan process


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