OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 142.1 Body belt

Body belts have their use restricted to travel restraint and fall restrict systems. The use of body belts in a fall arrest system is prohibited due to the possibility of death or injury resulting from a worker falling out of the belt or abdominal injuries.

Travel restraint systems prevent workers from reaching an edge or work location from which they could fall. Travel restraint systems have no fall arresting capabilities. Fall restrict systems offer limited fall arrest in combination with a work positioning system.

For compliance purposes, the body belt must bear the mark or label of a nationally accredited testing organization such as CSA, UL, SEI, etc. as evidence that the body belt 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.