OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 9 Fall Protection

Section 148 Adjustable lanyard for work positioning

Once a worker moves to a preferred work location at height, an adjustable lanyard for work positioning is used to secure the worker to a structure to maintain a stable work position. Work positioning lanyards are usually made of rope and are designed to limit movement or to allow hands-free work while in position. Work positioning lanyards may be fixed length or adjustable, and have connecting components at both ends to allow for connection to the side D-rings of a worker’s full body harness. Adjustable work positioning lanyards allow a worker to cinch up or adjust the lanyard to optimize the worker’s position.

For compliance purposes, adjustable lanyards 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 adjustable lanyard 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.