With the recent acceptance of the ANSI Z359.14 standard, safety professionals will soon have access to detailed guidance on the specification and use of self-retracting devices for fall protection. The standard, which will be effective and available later this spring, includes information on self-retracting lanyards, self-retracting lanyards with integral rescue capability, and self-retracting lanyards with leading edge capability.
The Z359.14 standard is the latest in ANSI’s transition from system-based standards to component-based standards. Since these changes often lead to confusion in fall protection equipment purchases, we recently held a webinar to help safety professionals better understand how to plan equipment purchases during the transition.
At the end of 2011, another standard in the Z359 family was also published. The ANSI Z359.7-2011 standard, Qualification and Verification Testing of Fall Protection Products, is available as a free download from the American Society of Safety Engineers website.