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General Lanyard Regulations To Know

Posted by Doug Kotecki on

In our series of brief introductions to the policies and guidelines from OSHA and ANSI... That sounds like it could be a kid's show doesn't it?

(Cue: Announcer Voice) "And now get ready for another crazy adventure with OSHA & ANSI in the Land of Lanyards!"

Here's what the have to say...

OSHA * Lanyards must have a limited breaking strength of 5,000 lbs. That is a lot of weight!

* Snap hooks must be sized to be compatible with the components they will be attaching to in order to prevent accidental disengagement. There is nothing worse than having a snap hook open up during a middle of a fall. Except maybe falling without protection.

* Shock Absorbing lanyards must limit the maximum arresting force on a worker to 1,800 lbs. when used with a body harness.

* Shock lanyards must limit the deceleration distance to 3.5 ft.

* Lanyards subjected to impact forces must be removed from service. I know some people get emotionally attached to their lanyards, but sometimes its time to put them down.

What does ANSI think?  ANSI believes that a fallen worker should only be subjected to 900 lbs. of arresting force during a fall. Which makes for a much cozier fall.

There you have it some basic guidelines to live by. Keep in mind that all of the lanyards available from our store meet the OSHA requirements.

  • Tags: Advice, Archives 2009, Lanyards, OSHA

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