If your workers could fall three meters or more while doing their job, they need fall protection. If fall protection is required at your job site, it’s important that you create a fall protection program. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) suggests a program include training workers, as well as selecting, fitting and inspecting fall safety equipment.
Here are some basics about the general care of fall protective equipment:
- Inspect your equipment before each use.
- Replace defective equipment.
- Replace any equipment, including ropes, involved in a fall.
- Inspect and certify (at least yearly) every piece of fall arrest equipment. Keep written records of inspections and approvals.
- Use energy absorbers if the arresting forces of the lanyard alone can cause injury.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions (this includes instructions and limitations on use, as well as instructions for fitting and adjusting).
- Use the right equipment for the job. Refer to the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standards Z259 (regarding body belts, full body harnesses, and other fall prevention PPE).
If your workers require fall protection to do their jobs, do you know if they are using the right equipment? When was the last time you inspected your fall protection equipment?