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ANSI Z359.1

2016 Edition, 2016

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The Fall Protection Code

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Description / Abstract:

The Fall Protection Code is a set of standards that covers program management; system design; training; qualification and testing; equipment, component and system specifications for the processes used to protect workers at height in a managed fall protection program. This standard identifies those standards and establishes their role in the Code and their interdependence.

The Fall Protection Code encompasses standards for personal fall protection systems that incorporate a full body harness, intended to protect the user against falls from a height either by preventing or arresting free falls. In general, systems that prevent a free fall are preferable to systems that arrest a free fall. The types of systems that shall be addressed by this Fall Protection Code include:

a) Fall restraint systems

b) Work positioning systems

c) Rope access systems

d) Fall arrest systems

e) Rescue systems

Purpose and Application.

This standard specifies minimum requirements for the processes, systems, sub-systems and components used in a managed fall protection program that meets all of the requirements of the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code.

Before any product shall bear an ANSI/ASSE Z359 marking or be represented in any way as being in compliance with any ANSI/ASSE Z359 standard, the requirements of the associated product standard shall be met. ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 is not a product standard and therefore, no product shall be labeled as meeting ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 after the effective date of this standard.

No claim of conformance, qualification or verification to any previous edition of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 shall be made on or after the effective date of this standard.

The manufacturer shall not continue to mark any product, component or system as compliant with any previous edition of ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 after the effective date of this standard.