OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 142.3 Shock aborber

(1) An employer must ensure that if a shock absorber or shock absorbing lanyard is used as part of a personal fall arrest system, it is approved to one of the following standards if manufactured on or after July 1, 2009:

(a) CSA Standard 259.11.05, Energy-absorbers and lanyards;

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

(c) CEN Standard EN 355: 2002, Personal protective equipment against fall from a height – Energy absorbers.

(2) An employer must ensure that a personal fall arrest system consists of a full body harness and a lanyard equipped with a shock absorber or similar device.

(3) Despite subsection (2), a shock absorber or similar device is not required if the personal fall arrest system is used in accordance with section 151.

(4) Despite subsection (2), a shock absorber is required with a fixed ladder fall arrest system only if it is required by the manufacturer of the system.