ISEA Offers New Fall Protection Guide, FAQs

Nov. 9, 2011
"A comprehensive fall protection program prevents injuries, saves lives and makes good business sense." So begins the International Safety Equipment Association's (ISEA) new fall protection use and selection guide.

ISEA released this new guide, along with a document that covers frequently addressed topics in fall protection, to help protect workers exposed to fall hazards. Both documents can be downloaded for free.

The Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide was prepared by manufacturers in the ISEA Fall Protection Group and provides practical, hands-on guidance for users and administrators in the selection, use, maintenance and inspection of fall protection equipment. The 28-page guide describes the process of developing a corporate fall protection program; explains the components of fall protection systems; gives examples of how to select equipment for various types of work, and outlines steps for planning the use of fall protection systems.

"Falls are a leading cause of death and injuries in the workplace, and they’re preventable," said Fall Protection Group Chairman Bob Apel of Mine Safety Appliances Co. "This guide will help employers and users understand how to select the right equipment and use it properly."

The six-page Frequently Addressed Topics in Fall Protection document, meanwhile, covers areas in which fall protection manufacturers most frequently field inquiries. These topics include anchorage strength, horizontal lifeline systems, service life, fall protection for heavy workers, harness attachments, self-retracting lifeline positioning and more.

The documents may be downloaded as PDFs: Personal Fall Protection Equipment Use and Selection Guide and Frequently Addressed Topics in Fall Protection. Both documents will be updated as required by changes in regulation or standards.

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