Fall Protection

Western Washington University complies with the Washington Administrative Code, Part 296-155-245, which states that whenever faculty, staff or students are exposed to a hazard of falling from a location 10 feet or more in height, an appropriate fall protection program is in place to ensure that fall arrest or restraint systems are used to safeguard the exposed persons from serious injury or death.

Fall Protection Work Plan

A written Fall Protection Work Plan is required for all construction, demolition, maintenance, and repair work, including painting and decorating. This includes vehicles which elevate personnel. Written protection plans are not required, but are recommended for other settings where fall protection is warranted. Written plans are not required where permanent guardrail systems are in place and are the only fall protection required. Fall Protection Work Plans are found in Section 16 of the University’s Safety Information Book.

A fall protection work plan consists of the following items, in accordance with the Washington Administrative Code, Part 296-155-24505. The fall protection plan is to be available on the work site for inspection.

  • Identification of all fall hazards in the work area.
  • Description of the method of fall arrest (catch a person if falling) or restraint (prevent a person from falling).
  • Description of the correct procedures for assembly, maintenance, inspection, and disassembly of the fall protection system to be used.
  • Description of the correct procedures for handling, storing, and securing tools and materials.
  • Description of the method of providing overhead protection for workers, students, or visitors who may be in or pass through the work area.
  • Description of the method of prompt, safe removal of injured workers.
Fall Protection Work Plan
Fall Protection Work Plan Attachment



Page Updated 12.17.2013