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November 14, 2023

How to choose the right safety harness

As experts specialising in height safety RISSafety understands the importance of selecting correct PPE, especially the right safety harness. We know that a high-quality safety harness system is crucial and directly impacts the safety of individuals working at heights. Our mission is to provide the highest-quality safety solutions to safeguard lives in challenging work environments.

In alignment with Australian standards, our commitment goes beyond compliance with the law; it centres on safeguarding lives when working at heights.

Read on to discover how to choose the right safety harness for the task, while remaining compliant with Australian regulations.

Understanding the significance of safety harness selection

Selecting an appropriate safety harness is a critical decision, especially when working at heights or on roofs. Here are some key considerations for choosing the right safety harness:

  • Compliance with Standards: The first and foremost consideration is ensuring that the safety harness complies with Australian safety standards, such as AS1891 and AS/NZS5532. Compliance is not only a legal requirement but also a testament to the harness’s safety and reliability.
  • Type of work: Different jobs may require specific features, such as fall arrest capabilities, positioning D-rings or full-body support.
  • Comfort and fit: A well-fitting safety harness is essential for both comfort and safety and should be adjustable to accommodate the user’s body size and shape. Uncomfortable harnesses can lead to distractions and reduced safety compliance. You need to consider the comfort of the harness especially on occasions when you will be required to wear it all day.
  • Ease of use: The harness should be user-friendly, and quick and easy to put on and take off. Complicated harnesses can lead to mistakes and decreased safety.
  • Durability: The safety harness must be constructed from durable materials that can withstand the rigors of the work environment. Regular inspections should be conducted to ensure that the harness remains in good condition.
  • Fall arrest system: If the work involves the risk of falling, a fall arrest system should be an integral part of the safety harness. These include shock-absorbing lanyards and connectors designed to minimise the impact of a fall.
  • Suspension trauma strap: This simple but essential addition is designed to mitigate the potentially life-threatening consequences of hanging suspended in a harness after a fall. It allows you to relieve pressure on your legs by providing a means to sit down, preventing the onset of suspension trauma.
  • Different buckle types: Quick-release buckles allow for quick and easy adding and removal of the harness, while tongue buckles offer a more secure fit, with an adjustable strap and tongue that passes through a metal or plastic buckle. There are also pass-through buckles, which thread the webbing through the buckle for a secure closure.
  • Breathable padding between the user and buckles: This ensures comfort during prolonged wear while reducing chaffing and discomfort.

Certification process and safety assurance

Product safety is a top priority when it comes to safety equipment, and the certification process plays a pivotal role in mitigating potential risks. At RISSafety, we understand the significance of ensuring that PPE harnesses meet the highest standards of safety and quality. This assurance begins with the rigorous testing and certification of safety harnesses.

Certification involves a thorough evaluation of the safety harness to ensure it complies with industry standards. It includes assessments of design, construction, materials and performance. The certification process is conducted by authorised bodies and is an objective and independent verification of the product’s safety attributes.

Testing and inspection for continued safety

Regular testing and inspection of safety harnesses are vital to their continued effectiveness. Over time, wear and tear, exposure to harsh environmental conditions and repeated use can impact the integrity of the harness.

Routine inspections help identify signs of damage or deterioration that may compromise the safety harness’s functionality. These inspections should be conducted by trained professionals who are well-versed in safety equipment standards and guidelines. Any identified issues should be addressed promptly, and damaged harnesses should be replaced to ensure continued safety.

Choosing the right safety harness is a decision that should never be taken lightly. As specialists in roof anchor point design, installation, inspections, and certifications, RISSafety is committed to ensuring the safety of individuals working on rooftops and at heights. Adherence to Australian safety standards is not just a legal obligation but a demonstration of our dedication to protecting lives.

At RISSafety, we understand that the right safety harness is more than just equipment; it’s a lifeline. Contact us today to ensure that your safety harness choices align with the highest standards of safety and quality.

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