Hey, let's jump back on the OSHA bandwagon and see what those crazy guys have to say about snap hooks. Sure, most of us take them for granted, but there are some very important tidbits to learn.
Below you will find a list of general OSHA guidelines on snap hooks. I am not the end-all when it comes to OSHA standards. This post is designed to make you aware of some rules you may not be aware of and to get you thinking about a safer workplace.
- Snap hooks need to have a corrosion-resistant finish, and the surfaces should be smooth so they don't cut into other components of your fall arrest system.
- They must have a minimum tensile strength of 5,000 lbs.
- You must use locking snap hooks that are appropriately sized to the unit you are connecting the snap hook to. So it doesn't disengage.
- Snap hooks, unless specifically designed, should not be connected directly to webbing, rope, or cable... (Exception: Tie Back Lanyards)
- You cannot connect snap hooks to other snap hooks or to a d-ring in which another snap hook or connector is attached.
Did you know all of those? If you did congratulations. If you didn't, take a look at your current setups and make sure you're not in violation.