FAQs answered by Robin Marth:
Monitoring of the ambient-noise level throughout the facility is necessary when there are significant changes in machinery or production processes that may result in increased noise levels. You may withdraw an employee if they are no longer exposed to noise levels that exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 decibels. For example, if engineering controls reduce noise below that level, some employees might be immediately removed from the program.
Guardrails are not needed for elevated storage areas if people do not have access. Keep in mind, many of these elevated storage areas include pipes, ducts, HVAC equipment, etc. that may need to be accessed by Technicians on an irregular basis. In that case, guard rails would be required if the area is 4 feet or higher, unless some other type of personal fall protection is used.
While there is no specific certification required, OSHA does state that a person conducting the training must have the “knowledge, training, and experience” to train others how to safely operate a forklift in the employer’s workplace and evaluate their competence. The trainer is not required to operate a forklift regularly, but OSHA assumes that a trainer will have sufficient “experience” only if they have the practical skills and judgment to operate the equipment safely under the conditions in the employer’s workplace.
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