3.0 Scope

  • Does the W@H FPE apply to all contractors and Holcim staff?

  • Does the W@H FPE apply to all structures, facilities, vehicles and mobile equipment used by Holcim Group Company?

  • Are fall prevention or fall protection systems required to be available at all times when work is conducted near a vertical drop of 1.8 meters or greater?

4.0 Accountability

  • Is there a process in place for formally appointing a person or persons other than CEO to be accountable to implement and maintain each requirement

  • Has a person or persons other than the CEO been assigned accountability for implementing and maintaining each requirement of this FPE?

4.1 Hazard identification risk assessment and control

  • Have all routine tasks, where potential to fall from height greater than 1.8 meters, been identified?

  • Are they documented?

  • Have routine work areas with fall potential less than 1.8 meters been considered?

  • Have the local legislative requirements for W@H been identified and considered in the surveys?

  • Review the survey? Does the survey meet the element requirements?

  • Have all routine W@H tasks been included in the survey?

  • Is the hierarchy of controls applied to W@H tasks?

  • Are all fall prevention options considered? What are they?

  • How are non routine W@H tasks addressed?

4.2 Selection, Training, Competency and Authorisation

  • Review the training and competency program for W@H to determine if it meets element requirements

  • Are competency standards established and maintained for the selection, inspection, use and maintenance of fall prevention and protection equipment?

  • Are training and competency programs in place?

  • Are there assessment records which show both skill and knowledge of trainees?

  • Is there a re-assessment period set?

  • Does it comply with legal requirements?

  • How are trained personnel identified/authorised?

  • Is there a general Induction program for all personnel who work on site?

  • Does it provide an adequate overview of the W@H FPE requirements?

4.3 Communication and awareness

  • Is there a periodic program?

  • Does the awareness program cover all relevant W@H exposures?

  • Are topics relating to W@H safety included in safety meetings / toolbox talks?

  • Is the information appropriate for those personnel who perform work at height ie. does it go into sufficient depth so they understand the requirements?

  • Do work at height or similar procedures require these aspects of the W@H FPE to be addressed?

  • Are these requirements adequate? For example: are the size, type and location of warning signs specified in a procedure? Is the scaftag or equivalent system used,

4.4 Design, Purchase, Fabrication, Installation and Commissioning

  • Has a minimum standard specification been established for W@H equipment eg an ISO or national standards?

  • Are those standards known and used by the procurement department?

  • Are the requirements of the standard understood?

  • Has there been an assessment of the design specifications used for these elements?

  • Do these specifications meet accepted national/international norms?

  • Are the national codes/standards for this equipment/controls known and used?

  • Are the Holcim Engineering standards used?

  • Is there a program to train and verify skill of persons who install and maintain W@H anchorage points?

  • How has this program been determined to be adequate?

4.5 Work method and condition control

  • Is there a task safety analysis method/procedure or risk assessment tool available which meets the requirements of this element?

  • Is the hazard control information communicated to personnel? When?

  • Only Personnel with the appropriate training shall operate Elevated Work Platforms.


  • Level of appropriate training defined?

  • Training program in place and authorization process established

  • National requirements identified and set as a minimum

  • Only Personnel with the appropriate training shall erect and dismantle scaffolding


  • Level of appropriate training defined?

  • Training program in place and authorization process established

  • National requirements identified and set as a minimum

  • Scaffolding access control system such as “Scaftag” exists

  • Has a minimum training standard for personnel using safety harness been established?

  • Does this standard align with national or equivalent standards?

  • Is there an authorization process for personnel to use harnesses?

  • Is there a training program for personnel who inspect harnesses?

  • Anchor points are identified prior to commencement of task and methods to ensure attachment at all times agreed

  • Is there a procedure and or guidance document which provides information to personnel who use ladders?

  • Are personnel who use ladders instructed in these requirements?

  • Is there a standard established for portable ladders?

  • Are fibreglass or wooden ladders specified for electrical work?

  • Are EWP’s required to be approved before use for electrical work?

  • Is this requirement specified in W@H procedures and or task/risk assessments?

  • Are all tools, equipment and personal items used when W@H secured against falling?

  • Is there a barricading or other procedure which specifically addresses these requirements?

4.6 Maintenance

  • Is there a program which meets the requirements of this standard?

  • Does it include: List of all Elevated work platforms

  • Schedule and type of maintenance

  • Names of qualified maintainers

  • Recording of maintenance and repairs performed?

4.7 Emergency control

  • Do all routine work at height tasks have a documented rescue plan?

  • Are rescue plans developed prior to the commencement of non routine w@H?

  • Is there a schedule for testing routine W@H rescue plans?

  • Are drills conducted for other areas where work at height is conducted but not on a regular basis?

  • Are the drills evaluated?

4.8 Monitoring, inspection and audits

  • Have schedules been developed for the inspection of fall protection equipment?

  • Have the manufactures inspection requirements/recommendation been included?

  • Is there a system for recording the date of the inspection, the finding and who did the inspection?

  • What skills and knowledge does the inspector require? Is it in accordance with the manufacturers and national regulatory requirements?

  • Is there a 6 monthly inspection schedule for all fall protection equipment?

  • Is each item of fall protection equipment uniquely identifiable?

  • Is there a system to track or mark each piece of fall protection equipment to identify it is safe to use and has been inspected within the last 6 months?

  • Is an inspection program in place for all scaffolding equivalent to the SCAFFTAG system?

  • Does this system meet the requirements of this section of the FPE?

  • Is there a register of all fixed and portable ladders?

  • Is there a schedule for the inspection of all fixed and portable ladders in accordance with the requirements of this FPE?

  • Is there a specification for the inspection of fixed and portable ladders i.e. what to look for?

  • Is there a task observation procedure?

  • Are task observations conducted on W@H regularly?

  • Are the people undertaking the task observations aware of and understand the requirements of this FPE?

  • Is there an annual auditing program in place, which verifies the quality and effectiveness of the group company’s response to the requirements of this FPE?

  • Are the audits performed in accordance with the audit schedules?

4.9 Reporting, assessment and corrective actions

  • Is there a process by which hazards or defects can be reported eg. Hazard reports or inspection checklists

  • How is W@H equipment taken out of service and or destroyed?

Conclusion and auditor's comments

  • Date of audit completed

  • Signature of auditor

  • Date of auditor's signature

  • Signature of auditee

  • Date of auditee's signature

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