Safety Harness - Part of an individual's personal protection equipment kit (PPE)

A safety harness is a safety belt worn on the body as part of an individual's personal protection equipment kit (PPE). Safety harnesses (including safety vests) must be certified in accordance with DIN EN 361 and their condition checked at least once a year. The provisions of the German employers' liability insurance associations regulate in which work areas such safety harnesses/vests need to be worn, e.g. the binding DGUV rule 112-198 (formerly BGR 198) on the "Use of personal fall protection equipment". This sets down the following, for example:

"For all insured individuals for whom fall protection is one of the characteristics of the job, a safety harness must be provided for the individual's own personal usage."

Safety harnesses are equipped with a D-ring to which the wearer can attach a lanyard in order to be able to connect up to an anchorage device. In the case of a fall, the safety harness channels the ensuing force through the leg loops to the thighs so as to avoid serious injury to more sensitive parts of the body. In addition, a safety harness keeps the wearer in an upright position following a fall. Once a safety harness has been deployed in a fall, it must be replaced. Even if a harness is regularly serviced, the approval lapses after a maximum of 8 years so that the harness then needs to be replaced by a new one.

Painter in a cherrypicker secured using an ABS Comfort fall protection harness