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The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002

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3.1.2.2.  Prevention of falls from a height

  • PPE designed to prevent falls from a height or their effects must incorporate a body harness and an attachment system which can be connected to a reliable anchorage point. It must be designed so that under the foreseeable conditions of use the vertical drop of the user is minimised to prevent collision with obstacles and the braking force does not, however, attain the threshold value at which physical injury or the tearing or rupture of any PPE component which might cause the user to fall can be expected to occur.

  • It must also ensure that after braking the user is maintained in a correct position in which he may await help if necessary.

  • The manufacturer’s notes must specify in particular all relevant information relating to:

    • the characteristics required for the reliable anchorage point and the necessary minimum clearance below the user,

    • the proper way of putting on the body harness and of connecting the attachment system to the reliable anchorage point.

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