CONTROL ACCESS ZONE (Safety Monitoring System)
Control Access Zone is used for leading edge or fixed edge work
where a minimum distance from the edge of 6 ft is used to protect
employees not wearing fall arrest or fall restraint equipment.
NOTE: The Control Access Zone
should be expanded during adverse condition, (e.g. slippery roof)
or when working at an additional elevation within the "Safe
Zone" (e.g. on a step ladder).
- Make sure the controlled
access zone is defined by a control line or by any other means
that restricts access, and make sure signs are posted to warn
unauthorized employees to stay out of the controlled access
- When control lines are used,
make sure they are erected not less than 6 feet nor more than
25 feet from the unprotected or leading edge.
- Make sure control lines
consist of ropes, wires, tapes, or equivalent materials clearly
marked at not more than 6-foot intervals with high-visibility
- Make sure each line is rigged
and supported in such a way that its lowest point (including
sag) is not less than 39 inches from the working level/working
area and its highest point is not more than 45 inches.
- Make sure each line has
a minimum breaking strength of 200 pounds.
- Make sure a competent person
is designated to monitor the safety of other employees, and
that this designated person complies with the following:
a. Warn the employee when it
appears that the employee is unaware of a fall hazard or is
acting in an unsafe manner;
b. Stays within visual
sighting distance of the employee or in direct communication
with the employee being monitored
c. Should not have other
responsibilities which could take the monitor's attention from
the monitoring function.
- Only authorized employees
should be allowed in an area where an employee is being protected
by a safety monitoring system.
employee working in a controlled access zone will comply promptly
with fall hazard warnings from the safety monitor.