De Beers Canada Inc. OP 050 SLIPS, TRIPS, FALLS AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY - SURFACE

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1 1. Purpose And Scope To establish safe procedures for pedestrians travelling on sites, in plants, on roads in offices or the general area of the workplace. 2. Responsibilities Responsible Person All Personnel 3. Common Causes and Protective Measures for Slips, Trips and Falls 3.1. Slips Common Causes: Wet, snow or ice covered walking surfaces Protective Measures Procedures: Spills are to be cleaned immediately Wet areas will be appropriately marked with hazard signs Regular work inspections will include slip hazards as per the Workplace Inspection procedure OP 056 Floors shall be maintained in dry condition as per the procedure for Aesthetics and Housekeeping OP 041 Where wet processes are used, drainage must be maintained and gratings, mats or raised platforms provided Walkways and stairs must be kept clear of snow and ice as much as practical Apply sufficient amounts of sand or other de-icing materials on walkways and stairs as required to eliminate slip hazards but without over-applying in order to minimize the environmental impact Boots must have slip resistant soles and must be kept free of grease and oil. (Consult with manufacturer s recommendations to determine appropriate boots). Crampons (ice cleats) may be provided for boots to control a slip hazard where sanding is not practical Mats or rough grade covers must be used to assist in minimizing falls on slippery walkways, stairways, ramps, vehicle steps and platforms Note: All printed copies of this document are uncontrolled. Please see ISOsoft for most current versions. Page 1 of 5

2 3.2. Trips Common Causes: Cords/hoses on the floor; uneven or damaged walking surfaces (floors, parking lots, sidewalks, etc.); frayed, wrinkled or torn carpeting; debris material, tools, etc. left in aisles or walking areas; poor lighting; obstructed view due to carrying materials; changes in walking surface levels such as curbs, thresholds, stairs, ramps, etc.; clutter in the way Protective Measures Procedures Report trip hazards immediately (and correct where possible) as per the procedure for Workplace Inspections - OP 056 Keep all work areas passageways, storerooms, and service rooms clean and orderly as per the procedure for Aesthetics and Housekeeping - OP 041 Aisles and passageways must be kept clean and in good repair with no obstructions that could create a hazard Light fixtures or bulbs that do not work must be replaced Turn on lights when entering a darkened room (remember to turn lights off when you leave as per the procedure for Energy Management OP 024) Secure mats, rugs, carpets that do not lay flat Close file cabinet and storage drawers Do not carry or push anything that will prevent seeing obstructions, spills, etc Falls (see DBCE OP Working at Heights and Fall Protection) Common Causes: Floor holes or openings, open sided platforms, wall hole or opening Protective Measures Procedure Covers and/or guardrails must be provided for protection from open pits, tanks, vats, ditches, etc. Standard railings must be provided on all exposed sides of a stairway opening, except the entrance (a movable guard or chain may be used) Aisles and passageways must be appropriately marked Aisles must be sufficiently wide if mechanical handling equipment is used On infrequently used stairways with traffic across the opening, a hinged floor opening with removable standard railings on all exposed sides, except the stairway entrance may be used Note: All printed copies of this document are uncontrolled. Please see ISOsoft for most current versions. Page 2 of 5

3 All walking and working surfaces, runways and open-sided floors or platforms 1.07 m (3ft 6 in) or more above an adjacent floor or ground level, must be guarded by a standard railing with toe-board on all open sides except where there is an entrance ramp, stairway or fixed ladder Regardless of height, open-sided floors, walkways, platforms, or runways above or adjacent to dangerous equipment or an open tank or vat, must be guarded with a standard railing and toe board Every flight of stairs with four or more risers must have standard stair railings or standard handrails Fixed industrial stairs must be provided for access to and from places of work where operations necessitate regular travel between levels Long flights of steps without landings should be avoided whenever possible Floor openings may be covered rather than guarded with rails, when the floor opening is removed, a temporary guardrail must be installed, or an attendant stationed at the opening to warn personnel. Every floor hole must be guarded either: By a standard railing with toe-board By a floor hole cover of standard strength and construction While the cover is not in place, the floor hole must be constantly attended, or protected by a removable standard railing 4. Standards for rails and toe boards All rails and toe boards shall adhere to the following standards: A standard railing shall consist of top rail, midrail and posts, with a vertical height of no less than 0.91 metres (3 ft) and no more than 1.07 metres (3 ft 6 in). The midrail must be at the midpoint between floor and rail top. A standard toe board is 140 mm (5.5 in) in vertical height. A standard stair railing must be of similar construction to a standard railing A standard handrail consists of length-wise member mounted directly on a wall or partition by means of brackets attached to the lower side of the handrail Fixed industrial stairs must be strong enough to carry five times the normal anticipated load and at the very minimum, must be able to safely carry a moving concentrated load of kg (1000 lb) All fixed stairways must have a minimum width of 55.9 cm (1 ft 9 in) Fixed stairs must be installed at angles to the horizontal between 30 and 50 Note: All printed copies of this document are uncontrolled. Please see ISOsoft for most current versions. Page 3 of 5

4 Vertical clearance above any stair tread to an overhead obstruction must be at least cm (7ft 7 in) measured from the leading edge of the tread 5. Pedestrian Surface Travel: 5.1. When walking between offices, or in the general area of the site, office or plant, cross roads at the traffic lights Pedestrians travelling through surface operations shall: Identify themselves to mobile equipment operators Always walk facing traffic in line of sight of the equipment operators Be aware that right hand traffic is used on surface unless otherwise posted Pass equipment on the operator s side Do not walk alongside a piece of parked equipment Stay a safe distance behind any vehicle Obey all warning and caution lights Pedestrians should carry a radio Mobile equipment operators must be on the lookout for pedestrian traffic and control their equipment at all times so as not to endanger pedestrians. 6. Monitoring and Measurement 6.1. Slip, Trip and Fall hazards are monitored through site inspections (Workplace Inspections, Five Point Safety Inspections). 7. Records 7.1. Inspection Records are kept on site by the Responsible Person. 8. References 8.1. Five Point Safety (OP 051) Note: All printed copies of this document are uncontrolled. Please see ISOsoft for most current versions. Page 4 of 5

5 8.2. Aesthetics and Housekeeping (OP 041) 8.3. Workplace Inspections (OP 056) 8.4. Energy Management (OP 024) 8.5. Operational Control (PROC SYS) 8.6. Non-conformance Corrective and Preventive Action (PROC SYS) 8.7. Federal, Provincial, Territorial Occupational Health and Safety Acts and Regulations Note: All printed copies of this document are uncontrolled. Please see ISOsoft for most current versions. Page 5 of 5

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