Certification of Fall Protection Systems and Equipment
After completing installation of any fall arrest system or fall protection equipment, all components are inspected and certified. Certification documents that your fall protection system and all related personal protection equipment (PPE) meets OSHA regulations. Proper signage verifies the system’s tested capabilities and operational limits and informs outside inspectors that the system has been tested by an OSHA-defined “Qualified Person.” GHB Fall Protection also provides you with a complete systems installation manual and binder.
Due to the highly technical nature of a fall protection system,OSHA requires that at minimum, an annual inspection must be performed by a qualified individual and 10 year re-certification. For 25 years, GHB Fall Protection has provided customers with a complete, turnkey solution for fall protection services including certifying the safety of systems and their components. If during a periodic safety equipment certification, any component of your fall arrest or fall protection system is determined to be damaged, we are trained to perform the necessary repairs. GHB Fall Protection personnel can also provide system training to keep your employees aware of proper use and industry best practices. The combination of these services helps to keep your employees safe and provides your company the up-to-date training and inspection documentation required by OSHA and recommended by ANSI Z359.6.
OSHA Regulations Regarding Re-certification
All parts of the equipment including control systems shall be inspected, and, where necessary, tested by a competent person at intervals specified by the manufacturer/supplier, but not to exceed 12 months, to determine that they are in safe operating condition. Parts subject to wear, such as wire ropes, bearings, gears, and governors shall be inspected and/or tested to determine that they have not worn to such an extent as to affect the safe operation of the installation. 1910.66(g)(2)(ii)
The building owner shall keep a certification record of each inspection and test required under paragraphs (g)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section. The certification record shall include the date of the inspection, the signature of the person who performed the inspection, and the number, or other identifier, of the building support structure and equipment which was inspected. This certification record shall be kept readily available for review. 1910.66(g)(2)(iii)
Building owners Responsibility – Separate from the annual inspections, building owners shall ensure equipment or anchors be re-certified 1. At periods not to exceed 10 years, 2. When equipment shows excessive wear or damage, 3. When re-roofing or renovation 4. When equipment is modified or removed from the structure
ANSI Regulations Regarding Re-certification of Fall Protection Devices
Active fall protection systems shall be thoroughly reviewed by an engineer at a frequency to be determined by the original design or similarly qualified engineer not to exceed five years. Z359.6-2009 4.6.5
ROOF ANCHOR & STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS:
Deformations and Abnormalities
Structural Deformations can occur through applied force or changes in weather or temperature. This is often seen in davits and fall protection anchors after years of use.
Internal and External Forces
Internal forces on materials of a structure can determine if there will be the strength to withstand over time and through external influences such as weather and other structural consequence.
The stresses placed on a structure such as wind in tall buildings or water on bridges piers can weaken the overall structure over time. We can determine what stresses will be imposed on a structure and how to proactively maintain it throughout its lifetime.
Understanding support reactions for permanent or temporary facade access equipment is vital in the design of these systems.
We evaluate overall structural stability of the entire system as opposed to looking at only the temporary or permanent elements.
Proper structural analysis can save you time, money and help you to avoid dangerous situations on the job site.
GHB Fall Protection believes that education is the first step to Fall Protection. Call today for information on implementing a safer workplace for tomorrow.
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