Attachment to WRD99.92 In Reply Refer To:

 

Appendix 1 -- General Safety Guidance for making Discharge Measurements

 

Wading measurements

 

Ice measurements

 

Cableway measurements

 

Bridge measurements

 

Boat measurements

 

Appendix 2 -- Streamgaging Policy Memos

 

The WRD and Operations (OP) numbered memorandums and the Open File Report (OFR) listed below can be acquired from the WRD Internal Home Page located at URL-

http://wwwhif.er.usgs.gov/uo/safety.html

 

Memo Subject

Personal Flotation Devices

OP 88.01 Use of Life Jackets/Personal Flotation Devices

 

Watercraft Safety

WRD 96.25 New Watercraft Safety Requirements

 

Traffic Control Plan

WRD 95.17 Traffic Control Plan for Field Operations from Bridges and Along Roadways

 

Cableway Safety

WRD 91.42 Plan for Insuring the Safety of Cableways

WRD 80.101 Failure of Plate on Aluminum Cable Car

 

Confined Space

WRD 94.30 Plan for Insuring Safe Work in Gaging Station Stilling Wells

WRD 97.32 Water Resources Division Gaging Station Stilling Wells -- updated interim safety guidelines for safe entry and work in WRD gaging station stilling wells.

WRD 95.02 Plan for Insuring Safe Work in Gaging Station Stilling Wells - A Follow-up to WRD Memorandum No. 94.30

WRD 98.17 Water Resources Division Respiratory Protection Program Requirement

 

Safety at USGS Gaging Stations

WRD 69.92 Field Installation Safety Requirements

OP 94.01 Hantavirus Infection Prevention

WRD 97.32 WRD Gaging Station Stilling Wells

WRD 99.01 Mandatory Use of Breakaway Sounding Reel Cable Kits

 

USGS Gaging Stations with Mercury Manometers

WRD 91.58 WRD Policy on Phase-Out of Manometers

WRD 92.32 WRD Policy on Phase-Out of Manometers

HIF 92.14 Instructions on disposing of Mercury Manometers

OP 95.04 Reviews Mercury Manometer replacement policy and lists alternative pressure sensors.

OP 96.03 Supplies information on disposal of Mercury Manometers and elemental mercury contained therein.

 

Use of Government Vehicles

WRD 98.25 Motor Vehicle Driver Training

Other guidelines for safe field operations are contained in OFR 95-777 and OP 85.01.

 

Appendix 3-- Flotation Device Specifications

  1. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

A. All PFDs shall be international orange in color and equipped with retroreflective tape that meets the requirements of 46CFR 25.25-15 and 46 CFR 164.018. Existing PFDs not meeting these requirements shall be replaced.

B. U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs shall be worn at all times aboard Class A (less than 16 feet) or Class 1 (16 to less than 26 feet) watercraft. On Class 2 (26 to less than 40 feet) or Class 3 (40 to less than 65 feet) watercraft, U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs shall be worn on any open space such as the deck and at other locations at the discretion of the watercraft operator.

C. The wearer prior to and after each use shall inspect PFDs. PFDs shall be inspected as part of the annual watercraft inspection program. PFDs that do not meet code or are otherwise damaged or defective shall be replaced. In addition, PFDs not meeting code or that are otherwise defective shall promptly be destroyed in a manner that would preclude further use or repair of the PFD.

D. Suspender Type Flotation Devices (STFDs) that are not U.S. Coast Guard approved are acceptable for non-boating use only (e.g., wading streams, taking cableway and bridge measurements, and working from docks and piers). U.S. Coast Guard approved STFDs will have a U.S. Coast Guard approval number and statement of use on the label.

E. Cold water protective equipment such as exposure or immersion suits must be provided where operations pose a potential exposure to hypothermia. All personnel working in these conditions shall be trained in the use of the equipment.

 

2. Suspender-type Flotation Devices (STFDs)

A. Use

(1) STFDs not approved by the U.S. Coast Guard may be worn in lieu of U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs when wading streams, taking cableway and bridge measurements, working on ice, and working from docks or piers. These STFDs will not have a U.S. Coast Guard approval number and a statement of use on the label, and are for operations that do not involve boats.

(2) The STFDs shall be worn as the outermost garment.

B. Requirements

(1) The STFDs shall self-inflate when the employee is immersed in water, with one exception. In low-velocity conditions, if the water is too deep to use a self-inflating type STFD (because it will actuate the triggering mechanism), and a PFD cannot be used (because it will cause the person to float and lose their footing), a manual-inflating STFD must be used.

NOTE: STFDs are available in the automatic (self-inflating) version and the manual-inflating ripcord version. The automatic version self-inflates upon immersion in water when a fast dissolving "tablet" releases a triggering mechanism. The automatic version contains a manual-inflating ripcord plus an oral inflation tube as backup systems. The automatic version is not currently U.S. Coast Guard approved, but is authorized by WRD for operations that do not involve boats. The manual-inflating ripcord version, without the automatic triggering mechanism, is U.S. Coast Guard approved but is NOT AUTHORIZED for use by WRD personnel except as noted above.

(2) The STFD's outer cover shall be international orange in color for boating use. The air bladder shall be international orange or yellow. The outer cover and the air bladder shall be equipped with retroreflective tape that is visible whether or not the device is inflated.

(3) The STFDs shall be maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and the employees shall be trained in its operation and maintenance. Written maintenance records shall be kept in each office location. Inspection of these maintenance records will be a part of district safety reviews.

 

C. Training

Employees shall know how to perform the following:

(1) Inspect before each use.

(2) Manually inflate the STFD.

(3) Properly don and fit the STFD.

(4) Store the STFD after use and contact with water.

(5) Change the water-sensitive disc that activates the automatic inflation device of the STFD.

(6) Change the carbon dioxide cartridge.

 

D. Inspections

 

The STFDs shall be inspected by the wearer prior to and after each use. STFDs shall be inspected as part of the annual watercraft inspection program. STFDs that do not meet code or are otherwise damaged or defective shall be replaced. In addition, STFDs not meeting code or that are otherwise defective shall promptly be destroyed in a manner that would preclude further use or repair of the STFDs.

 

Appendix 4 Penalties for Failure to Observe Safety Practices

 

The table presented in this appendix was taken from the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Handbook on Charges and Penalty Selection for Disciplinary and Adverse Actions, Part 3, Table of Penalties. For purposes of this document, the failure to wear a personal flotation device as prescribed in the Water Resources Division Policy for Safety Associated with Discharge Measurements, Sampling, and Related Streamgaging Activities is considered an offense and could be subject to the penalties listed in the DOI Table listed below.



NATURE OF OFFENSE FIRST OFFENSE SUBSEQUENT POSSIBLE

OFFENSES CHARGES


Failure to observe safety Written Reprimand 5-Day Suspension Failure to observe

practices, including failure to Removal to Removal safety practices;

to use safety equipment Carelessness;

such as seat belts, eye Endangering

protection devices, and oneself; Engaging

protective hearing devices in unsafe work

practices