A description of the proposed changes are as follows:

1. TITLE 8:

GENERAL INDUSTRY SAFETY ORDERS
Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 25, Section 3656(e)

Order Pickers and Stock Pickers

INITIAL STATEMENT OF REASONS


INFORMATIVE DIGEST OF PROPOSED ACTION/PLAIN ENGLISH OVERVIEW

Section 3656. Order Pickers and Stock Pickers.

Existing Section 3656 contains regulations addressing the design and use of order and stock pickers including, but not limited to: maximum horizontal speed of picker, elevation of the platform while the order picker or stock picker is in motion, use of warning lights, employee fall protection, platform design, and use of guidance systems in storage access aisles to prevent collisions.

Subsection (e) requires that whenever it is impractical to utilize standard guardrails, an employee shall use a safety belt or harness with lanyard that will limit a free fall to a maximum of 4 feet.

A revision is proposed to require an employee to utilize a personal fall protection system (i.e., fall arrest, fall restraint or positioning device system) whenever the use of a standard guardrail is impractical and the employee is exposed to a fall of 4 feet or more. The proposed revision will cross-reference both existing General Industry Safety Orders (GISO) definitions for these approved personal fall protection systems, as well as instructions for the proper use of these systems in the Construction Safety Orders (CSO).

The proposed revision will clearly indicate to the employer that the use of body/safety belts and lanyards as part of a fall arrest system is prohibited. In addition, the proposal will clarify when and how these fall protection devices are to be used making it consistent with existing GISO and CSO fall protection requirements.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

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