The What: OSHA Safety Standards for Dock Equipment
In January 2017, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created new rules for save walking-working surfaces. The rules include requiring employers who operate loading docks to either equip "dockboards" with run-off guards or to demonstrate that there is no hazard of transfer vehicles from running off the dockboard edge. The OSHA definition of dockboards includes what are commonly referred to as dock levelers, as well as dockboards.
The Why: Safety Standards Protect Employers, Employees and Equipment
The idea is safety - to prevent people and equipment from falling over the edge, perhaps with a 'run-off guard', without creating additional hazards for humans or machinery. For example, if a run-off guard is installed on a dock leveler, running over it can cause a lift truck to topple.
The How: Training, and APS Dock Impact Barriers and Work Safe Gates
In addition to making sure that your loading dock employees are trained for safe operations on the loading dock, 'LODEM' recommends the use of dockboards and dock levelers that comply with the appropriate ANSH MH30.1/MH30.2 Standards.
The Bottom line: Cisco's Here to Save the Day We're here to help!
Cisco provides authorized sales, installation and service for with APS Gates and Barriers that meet safety standards, and we can provide you with the materials you need to train your dock employees in the safe operation of the equipment. Read about the Docks and barriers here, download the flyer, or contact our friendly and knowledgable staff to guide you.