With new the ANSI A92.22-2018 and CSA B354.7:17 Standards on everyone’s mind these days, it’s essential for business owners that employ the use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) to spend some time creating a **safe use plan** for their organization. A well thought out plan can help keep everyone working around MEWPs safe by reinforcing best-practices on the job, provide help with identifying risks and making sure your team knows what steps should be taken if something unexpected happens.
A MEWP Safe Use Plan specific to MEWPs must address the following:
Risk assessment to identify hazards, evaluate risks, develop control measures and communicate with everyone affected
Planning of operation that includes rescue procedures for the safe recovery of persons and/or the MEWP in the event of an emergency
The selection, provision and use of an appropriate MEWP for the task as well as any work equipment associated with it
MEWP inspections and repairs as required by the applicable standards and the manufacturer
MEWP usage: Operator training and certification, familiarity with specific MEWP in use, understanding of local site requirement, proper supervision, preventative measures for unauthorized usage, safety guidelines for anyone working near a MEWP and properly documenting all relevant job-related data
As you can see, there is a lot to think through as you create a MEWP Safe Use Plan. Genie has created a “Safe Use Plan Guidance” document that can help you through the process. You can download it here.
If you have any questions, Genie is here to help. You can reach us at 1-800-536-1800 or by email at AWP.Training@Terex.com.