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Standards up dates and clarification – Fall Arrest/ restraint systems

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images-2Great care is now required when relying on reference to EN795: 2012.It must be understood that this standard referees only to the parts of a fall arrest system considered to be PERSONAL Protective Equipment (PPE) under the European PPE directive.

What does this mean in practical terms?

Products under this code need only be tested and designed for one user, in the UK it is most common for 2 user systems to be specified.

It cannot be assumed that testing for one user means that the system will remain safe for 2 users.

Systems sold for use of more than one user should pass an additional testing to CENTS 16415

EN 795 only covers the testing of certain products themselves as stand alone items.

It offers no guidance on where, what or how these products are attached to for a safety system.

With regard to product testing, scope and use of other components, this is covered by a large number of other specific standards.

There is no standard that covers the strength and design of the installed connections or the actual anchorage to the structure.In its absence these should be verified by rigorous testing and structural verification in accordance with the appropriate structural   design codes.

There is at present no code or scheme to ensure correct competency and training of installers who essentially design the systems.

images-3Treat with caution information you are given with regard to these products, it is a highly specialised area of expertise. Access to competent expertise in can be obtained by contacting the British Safety Industry Federation.

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