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PDFWAC 296-880-40045

Safety monitor system requirements.

Safety monitor systems and their use must conform to the following provisions:
(1) A safety monitor system may be used in conjunction with a warning line system as a method of fall protection during roofing work on low pitched roofs or leading edge work on low pitched surfaces.
The warning line is not required when performing roofing work on low pitched roofs less than fifty feet wide. For information on determining roof widths, see WAC 296-880-500, Appendix A, Determining roof widths.
(2) When selected, the employer must ensure that the safety monitor system is addressed in the fall protection work plan, including the name of the safety monitor(s) and the extent of their training in both the safety monitor and warning line systems. The employer must ensure that the following requirements are met:
(a) The safety monitor system must not be used when adverse weather conditions create additional hazards.
(b) Employees working outside of the warning line system, (between the forward edge of the warning line and the unprotected sides or edges of a low pitched surface), must be readily distinguishable from other members of the crew that are working inside the warning line system by wearing highly visible, distinctive, and uniform apparel.
(c) Employees must promptly comply with fall hazard warnings from the safety monitor.
(d) The employer must train a person acting in the capacity of safety monitor(s) in the function of both the safety monitor and warning line systems, and they must:
(i) Be a competent person as defined in WAC 296-880-095;
(ii) Have control authority over the work as it relates to fall protection;
(iii) Be instantly distinguishable over members of the work crew;
(iv) Perform no other duties while acting as safety monitor;
(v) Be positioned in relation to the workers under their protection, so as to have a clear, unobstructed view and be able to maintain normal voice communication;
(vi) Not supervise more than eight exposed workers at one time; and
(vii) Warn the employee when it appears that the employee is unaware of a fall hazard or is acting in an unsafe manner.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, 49.17.060, and chapter 49.17 RCW. WSR 20-12-091, ยง 296-880-40045, filed 6/2/20, effective 10/1/20.]
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