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Z259.12-16 - Connecting components for personal fall-arrest systems (PFAS)

Publication Year:

  • 2016

Total Pages:

49

Publisher:

  • CSA

Z259.12 - Connecting Components for Personal Fall-Arrest Systems (PFAS)

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Overview

Falls from heights are among the most common causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. Falls can not only occur from rooftops or scaling tall buildings, but can also occur from overhead platforms, elevated workstations, or even into holes in walls, floors or the ground. A fall protection system becomes a critical component of occupational health and safety (OHS) practices and procedures and it is mandatory for workers who are at risk of falling to have and make use of proper fall protection equipment.

CSA Groupís Z259 series of standards help with the selection and proper use of current fall protection equipment - updated regularly in response to technological change and evolving safety concerns. It also tests and certifies fall protection equipment components to the applicable Z259 standards in Canada and the corresponding ANSI/ASME standards in the US.

CSA Z259.12 is part of this important series of standards. It specifies design and performance requirements, test methods, and requirements for marking and labelling individual connecting components used as part of a personal fall-arrest system (PFAS). First published in 2001, this third edition incorporates several key updates and changes.

CSA Group gratefully acknowledges the financial and in-kind support from the Canadian government departments responsible for occupational health and safety for the development of this edition.

Highlights of Z259.12

  • Provides performance requirements, test methods, and requirements for marking individual components used as part of a personal fall-arrest system
  • Updates to definitions and figures
  • Revision to soft loop testing procedure and marking requirements
  • Addition of requirements for transverse body loading (both static and dynamic)

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