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Five rules for buying personal fall protection and fall arrest equipment

by , 25 July 2013
If your employees work in any situation where there's a risk of falling, you must have a fall protection plan. Over and above this, you must ensure you provide your employees with personal fall protection and fall arrest equipment that meets all the safety standards.

Here're five rules you must stick to when buying fall protection equipment.

One of the most important aspects regarding fall protection plans is the type of equipment your employees use to protect themselves when working at heights.

And that's why it's crucial that you buy fall protection equipment that meets all safety requirements.

Buying personal fall protection and fall arrest equipment? Follow these five rules

  1. Only buy equipment that complies with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and European standards. This equipment is safe and of high quality.

  1. When buying equipment for the first time, ensure the manufacturer gives you a copy of test results validating the equipment for its intended purpose.

  1. 'All documents proving compliance and testing must be kept in a file for PPE,' says the  Health and Safety Advisor.

  1. Only buy approved equipment. Remember, cost mustn't be an issue when it comes to your employee's safety.

  1. When the equipment's delivered, check it for the compliance stamps before you issue it to employees.

Follow these rules when buying personal fall protection and fall arrest equipment to ensure your employees are safe when working at heights.

Turn to chapter P04 of the Health and Safety Advisor and take a look at the most commonly asked questions about Personal Protective Equipment.  
 

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