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Z259.16-15 - Design of active fall-protection systems

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  • 2015

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  • CSA

Z259.16 - Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems

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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 Z259.16 is part of the CSA Z259 series and specifies requirements for the design and performance of complete active fall-protection systems, including travel-restraint and vertical and horizontal fall-arrest systems. First published in 2004, this second edition of the standard includes several critical updates and changes and is intended for engineers with expertise in designing fall-protection systems.

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 Z259.16

  • Clarification of the scope
  • Updated reference publications
  • Updated definitions to reflect current usage and consistency in the CSA Z259 series of standards
  • Revised clause on ballasted anchors
  • Clarified design requirements that have been harmonized with the ANSI/ASSE Z359 series
  • Updated commentary in Annex A

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