Video: Self-Retracting Device Standard Effective Date Extended

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Originally Published by: FallTech — January 18, 2023
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The ANSI Z359 Committee approved a second 6-month extension to the effective date of the ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard. The standard will now go into effect on August 1, 2023.

ANSI approved the new 2021 revision of Z359.14, Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems. This revision supersedes the 2014 version and goes into effect on August 1, 2023, which is an important date for ANSI compliance while using self-retracting devices.

What will be the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 SRD types and classes?

Both types and classes were overhauled in 2021: "types" are SRL, SRL-P for personal devices meant to be installed on the user's full body harness, or SRL-R for devices with rescue/retrieval functions, and "classes" are Class 1 or Class 2. The SRD class is now applied to acceptable anchorage locations. Class 1 devices are suitable for at or above dorsal D-ring anchorage locations. Class 2 devices are suitable for above, at, or up to 5 feet below the dorsal D-ring anchorage locations AND must be leading edge rated. So, if your jobsite has edge exposures and you need a leading edge SRL or SRL-LE, you will be looking for a Class 2 device in compliance with ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021!

Our original video went into more detail, but was posted before the new extension date was known.

For more information check out our blog article here.