Middlebury

 

Aerial Platform Policy

Prepared by:  Edmund Sullivan
Environmental, Health & Safety
June 1998
Review:  July, 2006
Middlebury College                                                          Aerial Platform Safety Policy

1.  Introduction
The purpose of this document is to define the training required for operating an aerial platform.  No employee, student or contractor shall operate this equipment without first receiving proper training as outlined in this policy. 

2.  SCOPE
This policy shall cover all aerial platforms on campus and all staff and contractors under our direct supervision.  Contractors not under our direct supervision are responsible for training their own employees and conforming to all safety regulations.

3.  Policy
An effective aerial platform policy shall be established for the college.  All departments with aerial lifts shall ensure that all operators are properly trained in the safe operation of aerial platforms in accordance with this policy and the manufacturers recommendations.

4.  Responsibilities
Supervisors and managers of departments having aerial platforms are responsible to see that all employees are properly trained on the safe operation of aerial platforms in accordance with training outlined in this policy.  All training shall be documented by the department.

Employees are required to attend aerial platform training before operating this equipment.  Employees are also responsible for operating this equipment according to manufacturers recommendations.  No modification of equipment or policy is permitted without the express permission of the manufacturer, Risk Manager and EH&S.

5.  Policy Requirements
All employees who would have reason to operate an aerial platform must be trained in the safe operation of this equipment.  This training will include, but not be limited to:
    *  Reviewing a video on Aerial Platform Safety.
* Review of the Operation Manual with a qualified person designated by EH&S
      and the department.
* A practical test given by the designated person to ensure the operator 
     understands the safe operation of the platform equipment.
           Record of training will be forwarded to EH&S.
           Retraining is required whenever a new platform is purchased or when an  
      operator demonstrates the need for retraining.    The platform key shall be  
      removed after use in order to prevent unauthorized use.

Middlebury College                                                          Aerial Platform Safety Policy

6.  Personal Protective Equipment
A harness and hard hat rated for the maximum voltage will be worn by all operators of aerial platforms.  Hard hats would not be mandatory if no overhead obstacles are present. This may be in addition to other safety equipment that may be required for the job.  EH&S may be consulted when necessary.

7.  Staff, Students and Faculty
     All authorized persons are required to be trained before being allowed to 
     operate an aerial platform without supervision.  Individuals under the direct
     supervision of a trained operator, who will assume responsibility for providing training 
  and protective  equipment,  may assist the operator and would not be required 
  to attend a training program provided.  This is a one time need and must be 
  pre-approved by the  EH&S coordinator. 
 
8.  References
      UpRight Operator Manual
      29CFR 1910. Subpart F in the General Industry Standard