The average harness manufacturer has a shelf life of five years from the first date of use, but it is always specified that regular quality checks and inspections are necessary to maintain a working harness.
Does a fall protection harness expire?
There is no such thing as a predetermined or mandated expiration date on fall protection harnesses. Neither OSHA nor ANSI have current codes or standards that set a specific time period for taking a harness out of service.
How often do fall protection harnesses need to be replaced?
The fall protection industry recommends 2 to 3 years as a service life for a harness or belt in use. They recommend 7 years for the shelf life.
How long is a fall protection lanyard good for?
Your manufacturer may recommend replacing the lanyard every three years, but PPE used in a highly corrosive environment wears out sooner. A seldom used three or four-year-old lanyard may have remaining service life.
What is life of safety harness?
* Harnesses are good for five years from the in service date, then they must be taken out of service. * Also, keep in mind that any harness & related gear involved in a fall must be discarded immediately.
Do fall protection harnesses expire Canada?
In Canada Full Body Harnesses CAN/CSA/Z259. 10-M90 does NOT give an expiry date but STATES MUST MEET THESE STANDARDS AT ALL TIME, if not it is out of service. Use the right equipment for the job.
How do you store a fall protection harness?
Once a harness has been selected, the user should ensure it is properly stored by keeping it free of moisture, protected from impact and away from extreme temperatures. It is recommended that harnesses be stored either hanging, flat or neatly folded to prevent unnecessary stress or wear.
When should I replace my harness?
Regardless of use, any harness should be replaced after 10 years maximum and more appropriately after 1-3 years. In all cases, when to replace your harness depends most on the frequency of use, type of use, and quality of care.
How often do fall protection harnesses need to be inspected?
Fall protection and fall rescue equipment shall be inspected on a regular basis not to exceed one year (or more frequently if required by the manufacturer’s instructions) by a competent person or a competent rescuer, as appropriate, to verify that the equipment is safe for use.”
How often do harnesses need to be inspected?
As with all PPE, harnesses must be examined at least 12 monthly and should also be subject to Pre-Use Checks, Detailed Periodic Inspections and Interim Inspections.