Policy & Guidance

DoD policy is to protect DoD personnel from accidental death, injury, or occupational illness by eliminating on- and off-duty mishaps and related deaths, injuries, occupational illness, and lost mission capability and resources. The following policies are provided to help you develop an efficient fall protection program. 

Navy Fall Protection Guide

The DoN Fall Protection Guide provides fall protection information for ashore use.

DoN Fall Protection Guide (July 2017)

A summary of the changes made from the previous version can be found here.

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Fall Protection Working Group

The purpose of the Fall Protection Working Group (FPWG) is to serve as the Fall Protection technical and policy advisor to the Safety Quality Council/Navy Executive Safety Board and to provide tools, criteria, and safe work practices. The FPWG meets semi-annually.  Below are the meeting minutes from the three most recent FPWG meetings.

The next FPWG meeting will be help February 6-8, 2018 in San Diego, California.

February 7-8, 2017

April 25-27, 2016

September 14-15, 2015

DoD Policy

DODI 6055.01 - DoD Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Program, effective 12 Oct 2014

This is the DoD Instruction for mishap notification, investigation, reporting, and record keeping. It provides the preferred priorities and mitigations for corrective actions of fall risk factors.

Navy Policy

SECNAV 5000.2 - Department of the Navy Implementation and Operation of the Defense Acquisition System and the Joint Capabilities Integration and Development System

This Navy Instruction issues mandatory procedures for the implementation of major and non-major defense and information technology acquisition programs to improve existing and develop new warfighting capabilities.

OPNAVINST 5100.23, Chapter 13 - Navy Safety and Occupational Health Program Manual, Fall Protection Program

This manual is in place to affirm the Navy Safety and Occupational Health Program for all Navy personnel and implement the various DoD instructions that are referenced in the document.

Chapter 13, Fall Protection Program, provides the requirements necessary to protect Navy civilians and military personnel from the hazards of falling from heights at Navy Shore activities.

Marine Corps Policy

All Marine Corps commands are required to provide a safe and healthful operational, training, and working environment for all Marine Corps personnel. These conditions shall be ensured through a comprehensive OSH Program in accordance with the following:

Marine Corps Order (MCO) 5100.29B - Marine Corps Safety Program

This document establishes the minimum requirements of the Marine Corps Safety Program. It also lists other applicable safety program policies and resources.

NAVMC Directive 5100.8 - Marine Corps Occupational Safety and Health (MARCOR OSH) Program Manual

This manual addresses the role of leaders and safety professionals in the identification and management of operational environment, which will meet the Mission Essential Task List (METL) requirements. In addition to providing requirements and guidance, the document promulgates the requirements and establishes procedures to implement the reference.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration Policy

Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace. The following websites are resources providing services and information focused on maintaining occupational safety and health.

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration

This site provides a variety of Fall Protection Safety and Health topics, such as:

  • Construction and non-construction standards, policies, and resources
  • References on protecting workers from falls
  • Training information
  • Employer responsibilities and worker's rights

OSHA 1910 - Industry Standards

This document provides the OSHA standards and regulations for general industry.

OSHA 1926 - Construction Standards

This document provides the OSHA standards and regulations for the construction industry.

OSHA 3124 - Stairways and Ladders

This informational booklet provides a general overview of the OHSA standards relating to stairways and ladders.

OSHA 3146 - Fall Protection in Construction

This informational booklet provides a general overview of the OHSA standards relating to fall protection in the construction industry.

OSHA 3513 - Rooftop Snow Hazards

This informational booklet provides a general overview of the OHSA standards relating to snow removal from rooftops and other elevated surfaces.


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