OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 148.1 Rope adjustment device for work positioning

To get to a preferred work location at height, a worker may use a rope adjustment device i.e. a type of descent control device, approved to one of the listed standards. Attached to a life safety rope, the rope adjustment device uses friction within the device to control and alter the worker’s position.

For compliance purposes, rope adjustment devices for work positioning must bear the mark or label of a nationally accredited testing organization such as CSA, UL, SEI, etc. as evidence that the rope adjustment device has been approved to the requirements of the Standards. Products bearing a CE mark also comply with this section. The CE mark – Conformité Européenne – indicates that the company manufacturing the product has met the requirements of one or more European directives. The product also complies with the listed CEN European standard.

The 2009 edition of the OHS Code marks the first time that Part 9 accepts fall protection equipment approved to standards from the U.S. and Europe. Fall protection equipment approved to any one of these standards is considered to offer an equivalent level of worker protection. Employers and workers in Alberta now have access to a broader range of equipment to safely meet their fall protection needs. Readers are referred to section 3.1 for information about previous editions of the standards.