DGUV Publication 201-056

How fall protection systems and anchorage devices for buildings should be designed in order to be safe and reliable is stipulated in DGUV Publication 201-056 (formerly BGI 5164): "Basic planning guidelines for anchorage devices on roofs". This publication is directed at building owners, planners and the users of individual fall arrest solutions on buildings and defines all the important planning criteria, such as the fall danger zone. In addition, it offers guidelines for securing a fall danger zone using individual and effective fall protection measures.

DGUV Publication 201-056 - contents

DGUV Publication 201-056 is divided into four sections. The first section deals with typical fall hazards, the most crucial danger zones and the basics of an individual fall protection system. It not only describes personal fall protection equipment (e.g. safety harnesses) and installable anchorage devices but also defines the three different types of application: Retention systems, arresting systems and systems for bringing a worker into position.

The second section deals with planning anchorage systems and goes on to define four major hazards that need to be taken into consideration when planning and installing an arresting system:

  • Swing falls
  • The type of edge
  • Cable sag
  • Crashing into something or hitting the ground

Furthermore, it is explicitly stated that: “In practice, lifeline systems should be given preference over individual anchorage points”.

The third section presents rules for deploying personal fall protection equipment

Anchorage device inspections

The closing Appendix to DGUV Publication 201-056 stipulates the rules for installing and inspecting anchorage devices. It also includes a clear description of how the documentation of the maintenance work and annually-prescribed inspections needs to be put together. This website includes a Planning Guide which will help you to design your own individual fall arrest system. Would you prefer to place the planning in the hands of the experts? Naturally, ABS Safety’s service portfolio also includes professional system planning and installation services, conducting inspections in line with the legal provisions as well as the compilation of legally watertight documentation. Find out more here.