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Personal Fall Arrest Systems - Standards

PFAS must be held to the following standards in order for the systems to be effective:

  • The connectors in the PFAS must be made out of drop forged, pressed, or formed steel, or out of a material with equivalent strength.
  • The connectors must have a smooth, corrosion-resistant finish to avoid damage.
  • Dee-rings and snaphooks must be proof-tested to withstand a load of 3,600 pounds without cracking, breaking, or deforming.
  • Snaphooks should be able to lock to prevent accidental disengagement.
  • If lifelines are used, they must be designed, installed, and used under direct supervision of a qualified person.
  • Vertical lifelines should be able to withstand 5,000 pounds of force.
  • Each vertical lifeline may be used by only one person at a time.
  • The lifelines should be resistant to cuts and abrasions.
  • The ropes and straps in the PFAS must be made of synthetic fibers.

To learn more about Fall Protection visit our OSHA Construction Fall Protection Online Training & Certification Course web page.

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