SECTIONS 3292(d)(1) AND 3294(i);


Amend General Industry Safety Orders, Section 3292 to read:

§3292. General.
  (a) Scope.
  (1) This article covers powered platform installations permanently dedicated to interior or exterior building maintenance of a specific structure or group of structures. This article does not apply to suspended scaffolds used for construction work and covered under Article 23 of the Construction Safety Orders. Building maintenance includes, but is not limited to, such tasks as window cleaning, caulking, metal polishing and reglazing.
NOTE: It is recognized because of special site conditions that certain provisions contained in Article 5 may be applicable and can be used in conjunction with equipment and/or practices in this article.

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  (d)(1) Owners of buildings or structures shall develop an emergency procedures plan to assure both safe access to and egress from suspended permanent or transportable exterior and/or interior equipment. Where an Operating Procedures Outline Sheet (OPOS) has been developed for the building or structure in accordance with Appendix A of Article 5, the emergency procedures plan shall be incorporated into the OPOS.
  (A) The emergency procedures plan shall be developed on a contract plan sheet in written and/or pictorial form and be available for review at the site by affected employees.
  (B) Necessary features such as safety belt anchorages and adequate safe walkways required during emergencies shall be in1corporated into the structure itself and delineated on the emergency procedure plan.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code; and Section 18943(c), Health and Safety Code.


Amend General Industry Safety Orders, Section 3294 to read:

§3294. Powered Platform Installations – Affected Parts of Buildings.

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  (i) Emergency Planning. A written emergency action plan shall be developed and implemented for each kind of working platform operation in conjunction with the emergency procedures plan required of the building owner by Section 3292(d)(1). This plan shall explain the emergency procedures which are to be followed in the event of a power failure, equipment failure or other emergencies which may be encountered. The plan shall also explain that employees inform themselves about the building emergency escape routes, procedures and alarm systems before operating a platform. Upon initial assignment and whenever the plan is changed, the employer shall review with each employee those parts of the plan which the employee must know to protect himself or herself in the event of an emergency.

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NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code; and Section 18943(c), Health and Safety Code.



For Informational Purposes Only Related to
Proposed Section 3292(d)(1) amendments


Appendix A to Article 5

Operating Procedures Outline Sheet (OPOS)

An OPOS establishes safe window cleaning and exterior maintenance procedures for buildings and structures. An OPOS shall include all of the necessary elements in pictorial and written form, to instruct employees in the safe use of roof supported building maintenance equipment or window cleaning procedures not covered by these Orders. An OPOS shall contain at least the following elements:
  1. Isometric or plan view drawing (pictorial drawing) of the building's roof, including the building's name, address, and the date the OPOS was prepared; and
  a. The drawing shall be legible and kept with the building's written assurance; and
  2. Identification of drop zones, recommended drop sequences, scaffold configurations, and specific building maintenance procedures including the equipment to be used, e.g. permanent roof rigging platform, ground rigged scaffolding, davits, outrigger beams, boatswain's chair or seatboard, etc.; and
  3. Identification of all anchorage points for personal fall arrest systems and building maintenance equipment; and
  4. Identification of personal fall protection requirements and, if applicable, procedures for securing equipment; and
  5. If applicable, identification of all dangerous areas on the roof by highlighting all of the "Danger Zone(s)" on the pictorial drawing(s); and
  6. If applicable, description of the means and methods to be used to transfer equipment from drop location to drop location or between building levels; and
  7. Identification of equipment limitations, load ratings, and special use conditions; and
  8. Provisions for pre-operational, operation and maintenance inspections; and
  9. Identification of the access and egress to the work locations and the storage area(s) for the permanent or transportable building maintenance equipment; and
  10. If applicable, indication of the location and method of stabilization provided for the suspended equipment; and
  11. Emergency and rescue procedures, and means of communications to be used during such procedures; and
  12. Method(s) to be used to control employee exposure to falls while they are in the "Danger Zone."
  NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.