A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:

GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY ORDER
Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 6, Sections 3292(d)(1) and 3294(i) 
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES PLAN FOR POWERED PLATFORMS AND EQUIPMENT FOR BUILDING MAINTENANCE

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 3292. General.

Subsection (d)(1)

Existing Section 3292 contains the scope, application and certain building owner requirements to assure the safe use of powered platforms and equipment for building maintenance. Subsection 3292(d)(1) requires owners of buildings or structures to develop an "emergency procedures plan" to assure safe access to and egress from equipment such as suspended scaffolds. Regulations in Section 3282(p) require owners of buildings 36 feet or more in height with the need to use complex rigging or equipment to also develop an Operating Procedures Outline Sheet (OPOS). The OPOS establishes safe window cleaning and exterior maintenance procedures for buildings and structures. An amendment is proposed for subsection (d)(1) to require that when an OPOS has been developed, the "emergency procedures plan" shall be incorporated into the OPOS. The proposed amendment will have no effect upon the regulated public other than to provide clarity to the regulations and ensure that the building owner’s emergency and rescue procedures are consistent.

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

Subsection (i)

Section 3294 provides general requirements for affected parts of buildings which utilize working platforms for building maintenance. Existing subsection (i) requires that a written emergency action plan be developed and implemented for each kind of working platform scaffold operation. This subsection also requires the employer to review the emergency action plan with affected employees to ensure they are prepared for emergencies (e.g., awareness of alarm systems and emergency escape routes). An amendment is proposed to add language that will ensure the emergency action plan is developed in conjunction with the emergency procedures plan required of the building owner in Section 3292(d)(1). The proposed amendment will have no effect upon the regulated public other than to ensure the employer’s emergency action plan is consistent with the emergency procedures plan developed by the building owner.

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