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Subchapter 7. General Industry Safety Orders Group 1. General Physical Conditions and Structures Orders Article 6. Powered Platforms and Equipment for Building Maintenance
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§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.

(2) Effective date. This article is effective July 1, 1993. (Title 24, Part 2, Section 2-8520(a).)

(b) Application.

(1) New Installations. This article applies to all permanent installations completed after a July 1, 1993. Major modifications to existing installations completed after that date are also considered new installations under this article.

(2) Existing Installations.

(A) Permanent installations in existence and or completed before July 1, 1993 shall comply with Sections 3296 through 3299 and Appendix C of this article.

(B) In addition, permanent installations completed after September 29, 1974 and in existence and/or completed before July 1, 1993, shall comply with Appendix D of this Article. Note: For permanent installations completed before September 29, 1974, see Appendix D, subparagraph (b). (Title 24, Part 2, Section 2- 8520(b).)

(c) Assurance.

(1) Building owners of new installations shall inform the employer before each use in writing that the installation meets the requirements of Sections 3294 and 3295 relating to: required load sustaining capabilities of platforms, building components, hoisting and supporting equipment; stability factors for carriages, platforms and supporting equipment; maximum horizontal force for movement of carriages and davits; design of carriages, hoisting machines, wire rope and stabilization systems; and design criteria for electrical wiring and equipment.

(2) Building owners shall base the information required in subsection (c)(1) of this section on the results of a field test of the installation before it is placed into service and following any major alteration to an existing installation as required in Section 3296. The assurance shall also be based on all other relevant available information, including, but not limited to, test data, equipment specifications and verification by a professional engineer currently registered in the State of California.

(3) Building owners of all installations, new and existing, shall inform the employer in writing that the installation has been inspected, tested and maintained in compliance with the requirements of Sections 3296 and 3297 and that all protection anchorages meet the requirements of Section I paragraph (c)(10) in Appendix C of this article.

(4) Building owners shall make available to employers the manufacturer's instruction manual and all other written documents necessary for the operation and maintenance of the building's permanent powered platform installations.

(5) The employer shall not permit employees to use the installation prior to receiving written assurance from the building owner that the installation meets the requirements contained in subsections (c)(1), (c)(3) and (c)(4) of this section.

(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 incorporated 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.

HISTORY 1. Amendment of article heading and new section filed 3-9-93; operative 4-8-93 (Register 93, No. 11). For prior history, see Register 85, No. 37.

2. Editorial correction of printing error in History 1. (Register 93, No. 28).

3. Change without regulatory effect amending section heading and subsection (a) filed 7-6-93; operative 8-5-93 (Register 93, No. 28).

4. Amendment of subsection (d)(1) and amendment of Note filed 4-27-2000; operative 5-27-2000 (Register 2000, No. 17).

5. Amendment of subsection (c)(5) and amendment ofNote filed 3-27-2007; operative 4-26-2007 (Register 2007, No. 13).

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