OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 143 Connectors, carabiners and snap hooks

(1) An employer must ensure that connecting components of a fall arrest system consisting of carabiners, D-rings, O-rings, oval rings, self-locking connectors and snap hooks manufactured on or after July 1, 2009 are approved, as applicable, to

(a) CSA Standard Z259.12-01 (R2006), Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS),

(b) ANSI/ASSE Standard Z359.1-2007, Safety requirements for personal fall arrest systems, subsystems and components,

(c) CEN Standard EN 362: 2004, Personal protective equipment against falls from a height – Connectors, or

(d) CEN Standard 12275: 1998, Mountaineering equipment – Connectors – Safety requirements and test methods.

(2) An employer must ensure that a carabiner or snap hook

(a) is self-closing and self-locking,

(b) may only be opened by at least two consecutive deliberate manual actions, and

(c) is marked with

(i) its breaking strength in the major axis, and

(ii) the name or trademark of the manufacturer.