Working Near Water Safety Program


Working Near Water Safety Manual Program

Table of Contents

  1. Purpose
  2. Scope
  3. Procedure
  4. Slips, trips and falls
  5. Machinery and equipment hazards
  6. Hoists, cranes and derricks
  7. Fire hazards
  8. Training

Working Near Water Safety Program

Chapter Section

Employees working over or near water shall be provided with a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket or buoyant work vest when the danger of drowning exists.

If the deck of a barge or work platform is not equipped with an OSHA-compliant railing system, employees walking or working on deck must wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket or buoyant work vest, also called a life preserver or personal flotation device (PFD). These PFDs should be fully buckled, snapped, or zipped whenever there is a hazard of falling into the water, regardless of the size of the barge. While a PFD is not required to be worn while an employee is inside an enclosed cab or equipment compartment on a barge, each employee should have a PFD accessible to them at all times. This safety precaution will allow employees the opportunity to don a PFD in a reasonable amount of time during an emergency (i.e., vessel sinking, fire, etc.).