This Safe Work Practice (SWP) will provide YG employees with a set of guidelines or “Do’s and Don’ts” that have been developed to mitigate hazards associated with this work task, as identified through your workplace hazard identification process. All YG employees performing this work task are required to be trained, knowledgeable and competent.
Guidelines: Barricades, flags and pylons are used to highlight, limit access and provide guidance into hazardous and dangerous areas. Used properly, they act to provide engineering controls in a safety framework.
a) Ensure that barricades properly restrain employees from situations where crossing them pose an immediate risk. Examples include perimeter guardrails at elevations, ponds , holding tanks, and roof openings.
b) Use flagging to warn personnel of hazards that exist in work areas.
c) Identify all hazardous objects with high visibility markings or flagging.
d) Flag off only the areas where the hazard exists. Flagging off too large an area may interfere with other work.
e) Use warning signs to indicate specific hazards. Some examples of warning signs on the project are:
- “DANGER – MOVING EQUIPMENT”
- “CAUTION – OVERHEAD WORK”
f) Use flashing lights to bring attention to hazards, during periods of darkness or poor visibility.
g) Use fluorescent pylons to identify a path or highlight obstruction/hazards such as small pieces of equipment that may surface during the spring melt.
a) Do not mark or barricade a hazard without reporting it to the supervisor.