Guided type fall arresters, self-retracting lifelines and safety harnesses: Personal fall protection equipment (PPE)

You simply cannot do without it: In a workplace where the risk of falling has not yet been eliminated through collective protection measures, the use of personal fall protection equipment / PPE is absolutely vital. A lanyard and a guided type fall arrester are the essential ingredients of a PPE kit. The safety harness you wear on your body is the one "personal" element in your PPE kit. Whether you are a roofer, an industrial climber or a rigger - individuals working at heights should always have an EN 361-certified safety harness with them. A safety harness is not just a standard product: It should be carefully selected according to where it is to be used and your own physical requirements.

PPE equipment with a high comfort factor

Generally, high-quality shoulder strap padding is one good way of improving comfort. When making your selection, you should also take care to ensure that your safety harness fits well - for example, it should not cut into your neck. If you are looking for the best possible advice, you should speak to an expert: A specialist for PPE in accordance with DGUV principle 312-906 (formerly BGG 906) is in a position to judge whether a specific harness is the best choice both for the wearer and the respective area of application.

Safety harnesses must be inspected by an expert

Of course, once you have found just the right harness, you want to be able to use it as long as possible. Safety harnesses, lanyards & Co. must be examined regularly by an expert anyway to ensure that your protective equipment is recognized by the employers' liability insurance associations. There are a few things to be aware of: Roughly once a year, your PPE needs to be inspected by a PPE expert in accordance with BGG 906 to ensure that it is functioning correctly. Similar to the CE sticker on electrical equipment, PPE equipment that has been properly checked also bears a seal of approval showing when the next inspection is due.

However, irrespective of the annual inspections, you should always inspect your safety harness for signs of wear prior to putting it on to make sure it is not torn and that the seams are not rusty or damaged. This is also a legal requirement - one that not only increases the service life of your harness but which may actually save your life in an emergency. The same applies to any other PPE you are using. Your lanyards, self-retracting lifelines, carabiner hooks and helmet must also be regularly examined and serviced. Some of these products have a maximum service life - irrespective of the inspections. This is determined by the manufacturer and employers' liability insurance associations. You should make sure that you observe the above requirements as PPE is subject to ageing - even if it has been cared for.  

We are specialists for high-quality personal fall protection equipment (PPE). To enhance our range of anchorage devices and safety systems, we also offer high-quality PPE equipment. This equipment fully complies with the PPE Directive and the following binding safety standards: EN 353, EN 360, EN 566, EN 361 and EN 795.

Details on some of the rules set down by the employers' liability insurance associations for personal protective equipment can be found in our "Let us do your planning" section - just ask us!