OHS Code

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 147 Life safety rope

(1) An employer must ensure that a life safety rope manufactured on or after July 1, 2009 and used in a fall protection system

(a) is approved to

(i) NFPA Standard 1983, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services, 2006 Edition, as light-use or general-use life safety rope,

(ii) CEN Standard EN 1891: 1998, Personal protective equipment for the prevention of falls from a height – Low stretch kernmantle ropes, as Type A rope, or

(b) meets the requirements of

(i) CSA Standard CAN/CSA-Z259.2.1-98 (R2004), Fall Arresters, Vertical Lifelines, and Rails, or

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

(2) An employer must ensure that a life safety rope used in a fall protection system

(a) extends downward to within 1.2 metres of ground level or another safe lower surface,

(b) is free of knots or splices throughout the travel portion except for a stopper knot at its lower end,

(c) is effectively protected to prevent abrasion by sharp or rough edges,

(d) is made of material appropriate to the hazard and able to withstand adverse effects, and

(e) is installed and used in a manner that minimizes the hazards of swinging and limits the swing drop distance to 1.2 metres if a worker falls.

(3) A worker must use a vertical life safety rope in a manner that minimizes the hazards of swinging and limits the swing drop distance to 1.2 metres if a worker falls.

(4) An employer must ensure that only one worker is attached to a life safety rope at any one time unless the manufacturer’s specifications or specifications certified by a professional engineer allow for the attachment of more than one worker.