Fall Arrest & Harnesses
All fall arrest systems must conform to the Relevant European Standard.
(EN363 I would only make reference to this as guidance. Not all equipment is tested for compatibility)
To comply with this standard a fall arrest system must be made up of 4 key elements; (Again it is possible to have systems with less or different parts. Restraint can use a belt but it is not the recommended way but is legal and there are good systems on the market such as BiLine)
Rescue is also not legally required if it is restraint. Restraint can prevent a fall there for no rescue.
- An Anchorage Point-the point at which a harness can be safely attached
- The Fall Arrest Harness-this must comply with the European Standard EN361.
- A Connecting Element-this links the wearer and harness to the anchorage point. This equipment includes lanyards, ropes, grab fall arresters, self-retracting fall arresters etc. The connecting element, in whichever style is chosen, must conform to the relevant European Standard
This is for a Risk Assessment to determine. The risk assessment is a requirement of the regs
- Rescue Procedure-arrangements must be made to carry out a rescue operation if required.
What Harness do I need?
You choose your harness and equipment to suit the work you will be doing. The dorsal anchorage (on the back) is the Most common point of attachment for fall arrest protection. But the front is also suitable and may be better for certain tasks or environments.
The other points are used for work positioning, access, if working on inclined roofs, or for work carried out in confined spaces.
Try this, Harnesses with other attachment points such as EN 813 and EN 358 can be used for Rope access suspension and work positioning
Training and Information
Buying high quality products is a good start, but you must learn how to use your equipment safely!
Training sessions covering use and care of the products, the legislation and different working conditions is available and highly recommended. For further information speak to our Technical Sales Team on 01302 890390.
Harness CE Standards
Depending on the respective field of application and purpose harnesses are subject to various norms:
EN 358 Holding harness – for holding in a work position and to hold back in dangerous areas, e.g. during works on flat roofs.
EN 361 Fall arrest harness for securing of dangerous areas and to stop/arrest falls (e.g. during works on towers).
EN 361 Fall-arrest harness for height access in combination with EN 353-1 for securing in dangerous areas and to arrest falls in
combination with following, a catching harness with an engaged catching device running in a fixed guide (rail) (for example for
works on towers).
EN 813 Sitting harness – holding the user in sitting working position.
Harness Component CE Standards
EN 354 Lanyard
EN 355 Fall absorber / Energy Absorber
EN 353-2 Following fall-arrest/catching harness on fixed guidance
EN 360 Height access device / Fall arrester D-locks
EN 795 Anchor point
EN 892 Mountain climbing equipment; Dynamic Mountain ropes
EN 12 275 Mountain climbing equipment; karabiners
EN 12 277 Mountain climbing equipment; harnesses
EN 7478 Safety harnesses; harnesses for mining (Quelle: Carl Heymanns Verlag, Köln)
EN 341 Rescue descender according to, EN 1496 Devices used to descend a person from a higher position to a location below with
limited speed, either on his own or supported by a second person.