OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 41 Work Requiring Rope Access

Section 848 Full body harness

For compliance purposes, the full body harness  must bear the mark or label of a nationally accredited testing organization such as CSA, UL, SEI, etc. as evidence that the full body harness meets the requirements of at least one of the listed standards. A full body harness bearing a CE mark is considered acceptable for the purposes of this Code. The CE mark – Conformite Europenne – indicates that the company manufacturing the product has met the requirements of one or more European directives.

CEN Standard EN 361

CEN Standard EN 361: 2007, Personal protective equipment against falls from a height – Full body harness, specifies the requirements, test methods, marking, information supplied by the manufacturer and packaging for full body harnesses. Drop testing involves both feet first and head first drops of a 100 kg mass through a free fall distance of 4 m.

ANSI Standard Z359.1

ANSI Standard Z359.1-2007, Safety requirements for personal fall arresting systems, subsystems and components, establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification, instruction, training, inspection, use, maintenance, and removal from service of connectors, full body harnesses, lanyards, energy absorbers,  anchorage connectors, fall arresters, vertical lifelines, and self-retracting lanyards comprising personal fall arrest systems for users within the capacity range of 130 to 310 pounds (59 to 140 kg).