Safe work method statement - Work at heights - General purpose safety harness
A general-purpose safety harness is an article of personal protective equipment having a lanyard attached to it for the purpose of connecting to an anchorage point or a static line.
- Safety harnesses comprise of shoulder, leg and waist straps capable of being adjusted to suit an individual wearers needs.
- A dorsal D ring is located between the shoulder blades of a harness, this is the point of attachment for a lanyard.
Tasks associated with a general purpose safety harness include:
- Correct fitment and adjustment of safety harness;
- Connection of lanyard to safety harness and anchorage point or static line;
- Inspection of safety harness and lanyard prior to its use;
- Inspection of anchorage points and/or static lines used in connection with a fall arrest/prevention system;
- Storage of safety harness following its use.
Safety procedure includes
Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.
- Consultation with employees.
- Generation of hazards.
- Working at a height greater than 2 metres without fall protection.
- Incorrect fitment of safety harness or damage to safety harness.
- Periodical maintenance inspections of a safety harness
- Retrieval of person fallen from a height
- Manual handling tasks.
- Personal protective equipment requirements.
- Training requirements.
- Housekeeping requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for Fall prevention system - Safety harness.
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