You should always consider the use of personal fall protection equipment to prevent or minimize the consequences of a fall when collective preventive measures, eg scaffolds and cherry pickers, are not practical.
Personal fall protection equipment that prevents a fall, eg a work restraint system, should always take priority over personal equipment which only limits the height and/or consequences of a fall, eg a fall arrest system.
You should select equipment that:
- Is suitable for the particular circumstances of the task, ( eg: a restraint system )
- Can be used for the particular task within its design limits
( eg: there is an adequate clearance distance when using fall arrest equipment )
- Meets the standard relevant to its intended use
( eg: eg BS EN 361 for a full body harness )
- Have compatible components so the safe function of any one component is not adversely affected.
You will need to make sure that people using the equipment:
- Are competent to check their equipment for defects and do this before every use.
- Are suitably trained and assessed for competency in the use of their personal fall
protection systems and equipment for the particular application.
- Have read and understood the product information before using the equipment.
- Have checked that the components in the system are compatible.
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