ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 – The Fall Protection Code

Using silver carabiner to follow ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 fall protection code

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 – The Fall Protection Code – Part of the Fall Protection Code has been released. This standard specifies minimum guidelines for the processes, systems, and components used in a managed fall protection program, and it establishes roles for the other ANSI/ASSE Z359 standards.

The first American National Standard for personal fall arrest systems in non-construction applications was ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, which was initially published in 1992. Since this time, the guidelines from this original document have been expanded upon substantially, necessitating the publication of further standards in the ANSI/ASSE Z359 series. Today, there are ANSI/ASSE Z359 standards for equipment, training, and other compliance concerns, together comprising the Fall Protection Code.

The continuous changes to the Code have made the newest revision of the original standard, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016, “a new standard in regards to technical content, not a simple revision of the requirements in the previous editions.” In alignment with the multitude of standards in the Fall Protection Code, this document is intended to serve as a key for understanding and applying the standards’ guidance. It is a single point of reference for defining compliance with the Code, thus allowing organizations the ability to identify a single standard when accepting the Code as a single document.

The Fall Protection Code standards address program management, system design, training, qualification and testing, and equipment for the processes used to protect personnel working at height in a managed fall protection program. The Code addresses several types of systems, including fall restraint systems, work positioning systems, rope access systems, fall arrest systems, and rescue systems.

In compliance with the ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 standard, users are expected to search within the document for fall protection equipment or criteria that is relevant to their particular fall protection system. For example, for those making use to full body harnesses, a referral to the standard indicates that such equipment should meet the guidelines of ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 – Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses.

Furthermore, ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 includes the sections found in all ANSI/ASSE Z359 component-oriented and system-oriented standards, as well as the first section of each document to simplify compliance for the user.

For a list of all ANSI/ASSE Z359 standards, please refer to our post on ANSI/ASSE Z359 – Fall Protection Code Package Version 3.0, which bundles all the documents together.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 – The Fall Protection Code – Part of the Fall Protection Code is available on the ANSI Webstore.

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