Introduction

OSHA regulations for the fall protection industry are often vague and open to interpretation, pointing to a need for greater transparency of safety guidelines to better protect workers at heights. For years the ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components, was the lone industry standard designed to address this deficiency. That all changed in 2007 when the document underwent a major overhaul and became the ANSI/ASSE Z359 Fall Protection Code we know today.

Since its launch in November of 2007, the Fall Protection Code has transformed the industry. The Code now provides guidance and clarity to fall protection equipment manufacturers, program administrators, trainers, rescue personnel, end users and engineers alike, supplementing state and federal regulations for fall protection. With the addition of three new standards in 2009 and more on the way, the Code continues to affect change in a rapidly growing market.

There are currently eight individually numbered standards within the Code with three more near completion: ANSI/ASSE Z359.7-20xx, Qualification and Verification Testing of Fall Protection Products; ANSI Z359.11-20xx, Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS); and ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-20xx, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS). These standards are expected to be released in 2011.

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