Industrial Maintenance and Construction/Support Services Safety Manual - OSHA: Material Handling - Hoist Policy

Title

Industrial Maintenance and Construction/Support Services Safety Manual - OSHA: Material Handling - Hoist Policy

Introduction

Purpose

The purpose of the material handling hoist policy is to provide a means by which employees can be protected from the hazards associated with lifting and/or lowering heavy loads and develop procedures by which employees shall follow when using a hoist for material handling.

Scope of Applicability

This policy applies to all Faculty, Staff (includes all full-time, part-time, temporary), Students, and all contractors working on behalf of the University.

Policy

Policy Statement

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) values the health and safety of its Faculty, Staff, Students and contractors. All UNC-CH Faculty, Staff, Students, and contractors working on behalf of UNC-CH must take the steps outlined in this Policy and associated Standard to ensure their health and safety when utilizing a hoist.

To ensure hazards associated with using a hoist for material handling in and around the workplace are minimized, all UNC-Chapel Hill Faculty, Staff, Students and contractors working on behalf of the University shall review departmental procedures to ensure all rules and regulations are followed when materials handling is performed with a hoist, training on each type of hoist, operator understanding of load capacity, reviewing and following manufacturer’s instructions, inspection procedures, and preventive maintenance are compliant with current standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Responsibilities

Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)

UNC-CH EHS is responsible for developing Standards and guidance to facilitate departmental compliance with this Policy through hoist material handling procedure assessment, manufacturer’s operational training, and review of inspections and preventive maintenance records to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for University employees.

Directors and or Department Chairs

Directors and/or Department Chairs are responsible for ensuring employees who may work with a hoist for material handling are provided with the appropriate resources to ensure compliance with this Policy.

Supervisors

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary to complete the job safely.

Employees

1910, Subpart N: Materials Handling and Storage.

Exceptions

None.

Definitions

ANSI - American National Standards Institute

DOL - US Department of Labor

OSHA - US Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Related Requirements

External Regulations and Consequences

  • OSHA regulates material handling via hoists in the US Code of Federal Regulations - Title 29, Subtitle B, Chapter XVII, Part 1910, Subpart N: Materials Handling and Storage. See specifically §1910.179 - §1910.184.

University Policies, Standards, and Procedures

  • EHS - Industrial Maintenance and Construction/Support Services Safety Manual - OSHA: Material Handling - Hoist Standard
  • EHS - Environment, Health and Safety Manual - Chapter 05.12: Occupational Safety Policies - Personal Protective Equipment

Contact Information

Policy Contact

Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the UNC-CH Department of Environment, Health and Safety:

EHS Director and/or Workplace Safety
Unit: Environment, Health and Safety
Web: ehs.unc.edu
Phone: 919-962-5507

Details

Article ID: 132001
Created
Thu 4/8/21 9:21 PM
Modified
Sun 8/8/21 1:23 PM
Effective Date
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10/28/2019 12:00 AM
Issuing Officer
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Issuing Officer Title
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Executive Director
Last Review
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10/28/2019 12:00 AM
Last Revised
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10/28/2019 12:00 AM
Origination
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10/28/2019 12:00 AM
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Environment, Health and Safety