Fall Protection


The University’s Fall Prevention Program provides guidelines for personnel working at heights above four feet. These guidelines standardize University requirements regarding fall prevention training, operation, and work practices to prevent falls from heights.

Written Program

Training Requirements

Fall protection training is required for all University staff and faculty members prior to performing work at heights above four feet. Persons working at heights must:

  • Complete the fall protection course in complyND (RMS Fall Protection Safety Training)
  • Review the supplemental slides contained in the complyND course
  • Conduct hands-on training with their department’s competent person. Hands-on training consists of inspecting and correctly donning their harness and verifying proper fit.
  • Document completion of hands-on training (submit the hands-on training form)

Training is required initially and every three years thereafter.


Competent Persons

The persons listed in the Competent Persons document below have completed specialized fall protection training and have the ability to assess hazards, develop solutions, train individuals on fall protection requirements, and inspect equipment.  Persons needing assistance with work at heights should consult their department’s competent person. Departments with no trained personnel should contact Risk Management & Safety.

Equipment Orders

In order to ensure system compatibility throughout campus, the University has standardized the types of fall protection equipment used. The Fall Protection Equipment List 306kb, pdf provides a catalog of pre-selected fall protection items most frequently needed on campus. If you have questions about the listed equipment or need items not listed, please contact your department competent person or our Airgas representative directly.

Large Orders & Unique Applications:  A site visit is recommended before placing large orders (multiple persons, types of equipment) or in developing solutions for custom applications. To schedule a site visit, please contact our local Airgas representative, Darin Glavin at:

Routine Orders & General Applications: To order general purpose equipment from the pre-selected list, please use the following process:

  • Consult the Fall Protection Equipment List 306kb, pdf to identify items by part number
  • Go to the buyND website and select items/insert part number from the catalog
  • Submit your order through Airgas (order will be processed according to your department’s procedure)

*** Note: Once equipment is received, your department competent person must add it to the department inventory using the Fall Protection Equipment Form (see link below)

Equipment Inspections

Each piece of fall protection equipment must be inspected by a competent person annually. These inspections are assigned to department competent persons via email and documented in the OnBase fall protection system. 

To complete an inspection form, either click on the link included in the email or click here to access the form.

If a user has a piece of equipment that needs to be inspected out of cycle (e.g possible damage), they may request an inspection by submitting an inspection request.


Miller Fall Protection Resources

Gravity Kills, Defy It:  This Miller video was produced to help employers learn the importance of: developing a fall protection safety plan; fall prevention and protection training; the ABC's of fall protection; donning a harness in six easy steps; calculating fall clearance; proper inspection; and maintenance procedures.

Fall Clearance Calculator: When working at height, it is important to know your fall clearance and swing fall whether using a shock-absorbing lanyard or self-retracting lifeline (SRL). Calculating your fall clearance and swing fall is critical to your safety.