DGUV Principle 312-906 (formerly BGG 906)
Selection, training and certification of PPE specialists

DGUV Principle 312-906 (formerly BGG 906) deals with the “Selection, training and certification of specialists for personal fall protection equipment”. This Principle is the foundation for qualifying individuals so that they can train specialists who are allowed to carry out the annual inspections of personal fall protection equipment (PPE). The legislator and the cooperatives have deemed such regular inspections mandatory in order to ensure that PPE equipment is used safely and remains in perfect condition - even over longer periods of time. This Principle deals with the training objectives as well as the theoretical and practical training and qualification of PPE specialists.

Training as a PPE specialist

In the Preface, it is explicitly pointed out that the high demands placed on personal fall arrest equipment also apply to their regular inspection. The primary task of such equipment is to protect individuals from mortal danger. For this reason, PPE inspections must be carried out exclusively by a specialist who has received “sound and comprehensive training” to this effect. The successful participation in a course with a final practical and theoretical examination of the knowledge acquired serves as respective proof of proficiency. The course participants are then provided with a certificate confirming this proficiency. ABS Safety also offers a two-day training course for training specialists.

PPE inspections

A PPE specialist is qualified to inspect equipment. He/she recognises when safety harnesses, lanyards, self-retracting lifelines or other accessories are faulty or showing signs of wear. This inspection includes examining the individual components, whereby the inspector will spot any open seams or overly-used carabiner hooks. If the PPE passes the inspection, the specialist can label the equipment with a special seal of approval showing that the equipment is in good working order. It also includes the next inspection date. This allows users to convince themselves prior to usage that the equipment can still be used and that it is regularly inspected. However, this does not release users from their duty to subject their equipment to an individual visual check each time they commence work.

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