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1 FALL PROTECTION UPDATE: ANSI Z359 STANDARDS BLACK SWAMP SAFETY COUNCIL July 20, 2010 DEAN SCHROEDER STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Phone: (419)

2 LEARNING OBJECTIVES Summarize the ANSI Z standards Distinguish the content within the new Z359 standards Identify the areas of your primary interest in the new Z359 standards

3 AGENDA Introduction to fall protection Current ANSI Z standards ANSI Z standards Future ANSI Z359.XX standards Other ANSI fall protection standards Closing

4 TOTAL FALL FATALITIES (to lower level) Fatalities % Year Source: U.S. BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

5 TOP EXPOSURES Roofs Ladders Scaffolds Non-moving vehicles StrucSteel Source: U.S. BLS Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries

6 TOP OSHA VIOLATIONS OSHA reports on Top 10 Safety Violations for 2009: Fall Protection is #2 6,771 violations Second only to scaffolding, which involves fall hazard issues

7 WHERE IS YOUR GREATEST RISK?

8 HIERARCHY OF CONTROL

9 KEY TOPICS Hazard abatement Engineering controls are much safer than a fall arrest system More is needed that just wearing a harness: Anchorage Equipment Procedure Training Rescue one of the most overlooked aspects of fall protection

10 AGENDA Introduction to fall protection Current ANSI Z standards ANSI Z standards Future ANSI Z359.XX standards Other ANSI fall protection standards Closing

11 ANSI Z FAMILY OF STANDARDS Z359.1: Safety requirements for personal fall arrest systems Z359.3: Safety requirements for positioning and travel restraint systems Z359.4: Safety requirements for assisted-rescue and selfrescue systems Z359.2: Minimum requirements for a comprehensive managed fall protection program Z359.0: Definitions and nomenclature

12 ANSI Z SIGNIFICANT TOPICS Gate Strength Anchorages Certified v. non-certified Loads Procedures Rescue

13 GATE STRENGTH Z lbs. front load 350 lbs. side load Z ,600 lbs. side load 3,600 lbs. front load

14 ANSI Z

15 ANSI Z ANSI Z

16 ANSI Z

17 ANSI Z ANSI Z

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19 ANCHORAGE LOADS 1. Fall arrest 2. Work positioning 3. Fall restraint 4. Horizontal lifeline 5. Rescue

20 PROCEDURES (Z ) Written procedures Specify equipment Document proper use Prior to preparing fall protection procedures, a fall hazard survey shall be performed for every workplace activity where authorized persons are exposed to a fall hazard.

21 RESCUE Prompt rescue Written rescue procedures Summoning rescue services Professional In-house

22 AGENDA Introduction to fall protection Current ANSI Z standards ANSI Z standards Future ANSI Z359.XX standards Other ANSI fall protection standards Closing

23 ANSI Z FAMILY OF STANDARDS Z359.6: Specifications and design requirements for active fallprotection systems Z359.12: Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems Z359.13: Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards Z359.0: Definitions and nomenclature (UPDATED)

24 ANSI Z FAMILY OF STANDARDS Z359.6: Specifications and design requirements for active fallprotection systems Z359.12: Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems Z359.13: Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards Z359.0: Definitions and nomenclature (UPDATED) Effective on 16 Nov 2009

25 AGENDA For each Z standard: Background Key topics Implementation challenges

26 ANSI Z Background TITLE: Specifications and design requirements for active fall protection systems Provides guidance to engineers designing systems

27 ANSI Z Key topics Requirements beyond calculations Load factors Ballasted anchors Fall clearances

28 ANSI Z Challenges Communicate to organizations of its value Additional compliance review Moving standard forward

29 ANSI Z Background TITLE: Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems D-rings, snaphooks, buckles, adjusters (i.e., hardware) Carabiners

30 ANSI Z Background TITLE: Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems D-rings, snaphooks, buckles, adjusters (i.e., hardware) Carabiners Not anchorage connectors

31 ANSI Z

32 ANSI Z Key topics Test weight unchanged Gate strength Abrasion conditioning Better alignment with CSA standards

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36 ANSI Z Challenges Bending of snaphook Compatibility amongst manufacturers New materials/configurations

37 ANSI Z Background TITLE: Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards Weight of users: 130 lbs. to 310 lbs. MAF: 900 lbs. and 1,350 lbs. (and <10 G s)

38 ANSI Z Key Topics Test weight = 282 lbs. (previously 220 lbs.) Fall factor 2 (i.e., 12 foot free fall)

39 ANSI Z

40 ANSI Z

41 ANSI Z Key Topics Test weight = 282 lbs. (previously 220 lbs.) Fall factor 2 (i.e., 12 foot free fall) MAF determination

42 ANSI Z

43 ANSI Z Key Topics Test weight = 282 lbs. (previously 220 lbs.) Fall factor 2 (i.e., 12 ft free fall for 6 ft PEA lanyard) MAF determination Deceleration distance for 6 foot FF = 48 inches (previously, 42 inches) Y-lanyards

44 ANSI Z

45 ANSI Z

46 ANSI Z

47 ANSI Z Challenges Y-lanyards, hip d-ring test Implementation Maximum impact force = 1,800 pounds Wet and cold testing

48 AGENDA Introduction to fall protection Current ANSI Z standards ANSI Z standards Future ANSI Z359.XX standards Other ANSI fall protection standards Closing

49 FUTURE Z359 STANDARDS ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) ANSI Z XX Requirements for Third-Party & Self-Certification for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS) ANSI Z XX Rope Access Systems ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements/Personal Equipment for Protection Against Falls - Descending Devices

50 FUTURE Z359 STANDARDS ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Full Body Harness ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Vertical Lifelines ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Fall Arresters

51 FUTURE Z359 STANDARDS ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Horizontal Lifelines ANSI Z XX Safety Requirements for Anchorage Connectors

52 OTHER FALL PROTECTION STANDARDS Z359 Non-construction A1264 Walking/working surfaces and stairs A10.32 I14.1 Window cleaning safety A14 Ladders A92 Aerial lifts Construction

53 AERIAL LIFTS

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55 AGENDA Introduction to fall protection Current ANSI Z standards ANSI Z standards Future ANSI Z359.XX standards Other ANSI fall protection standards Closing

56 OSHA PROPOSED CHANGES Proposed changes to OSHA 29 CFR 1910 standard Walking/working surfaces Personal protective equipment New performance specs and use requirements Comments due August 23, 2010 LJB to host free webinars on this topic August 3, 5 and 10

57 FALL PROTECTION UPDATE: ANSI Z359 STANDARDS BLACK SWAMP SAFETY COUNCIL July 20, 2010 DEAN SCHROEDER STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Phone: (419)

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