OHS Code Explanation Guide

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

Section 847 Sit harness

For compliance purposes, the sit harness must bear the mark or label of a nationally accredited testing organization such as CSA, UL, SEI, etc. as evidence that the sit harness meets the requirements of at least one of the listed standards. A sit harness bearing a CE mark is considered acceptable for the purposes of this Code as is a sit harness bearing the UIAA label. The CE mark – Conformite Europenne – indicates that the company manufacturing the product has met the requirements of one or more European directives. A UIAA label cannot be used unless the sit harness already bears a CE mark.

CEN Standard EN 813

CEN Standard EN 12277: 1998, Mountaineering equipment – Harnesses – Safety requirements and test methods, specifies safety requirements and test methods for harnesses for use in mountaineering including climbing. It is applicable to full body harnesses, small body harnesses (intended for persons up to 40 kg), sit harnesses and chest harnesses.

UIAA Standard 105

UIAA Standard 105: 2004, Mountaineering and Climbing Equipment – Harnesses requires that the sit harness meet all the requirements of CEN Standard EN 12277 plus an additional requirement for contrasting thread.