MSHA clarifies safety belt, safety line compliance

March 31, 2014

safety belts

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has issued a Program Policy Letter (PPL) to clarify compliance with safety belts and lines addressed in 30 C.F.R. §§ 56/57.15005.

The PPL, which MSHA released due to operator questions about which factors MSHA takes into consideration when applying the C.F.R., is effective as of March 25, 2014.

It notes that “safety belts and lines be worn when persons work where there is danger of falling; a second person must tend the lifeline when bins, tanks or other dangerous areas are entered.”

The PPL also states that, in most cases, compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) fall protection standards will also satisfy MSHA’s safety belt and line standards. OSHA’s 29 C.F.R. §1926.501(b)(1), Unprotected sides and edges, requires “Each employee on a walking/working surface (horizontal and vertical surface) with an unprotected side or edge which is 6 feet (1.8 m) or more above a lower level shall be protected from falling by the use of guardrail systems, safety net systems, or personal fall arrest systems.”

To read MSHA’s full PPL, click here.

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