The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved two American Society of Safety Engineers' (ASSE) standards addressing fall protection. The standards are part of the Z359 Fall Protection Code, which will be updated in the months ahead.
The new Z359.14-2012, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems, establishes requirements for the performance, design, qualification testing, markings and instructions, inspections, maintenance and storage, and removal from service of self-retracting devices. It also classifies them according to performance.
The revised Z359.4-2012,Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components, establishes similar requirements for connectors, harnesses, lanyards, anchorage connectors, winches/hoists, descent control devices, rope tackle blocks and self-retracting lanyards with integral rescue capability comprising rescue systems utilized in pre-planned self-rescue and assisted-rescue applications.