Full-Body Harness Requirements

Labels, digital technologies, and best practices in fall protection
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Learning Objectives:

  1. List five new revisions and requirements in Z359.11 regarding full-body harnesses for fall protection.
  2. Discuss how connected technology has helped supplement the protections full-body harnesses provide.
  3. Describe how detection systems for lone workers can help prevent injury or death.
  4. Explain ways managers can take OSHA requirements for fall protection and customize them to their particular worksites, going beyond basic requirements.


Course may qualify for BCSP recertification points.
This course may qualify to be self-reported to ICCP for professional development credits toward CBIP recertification.

Below are a set of links to articles from Industrial Safety & Hygiene News. Click on each link below to read the articles and then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Full-body harnesses are critical to fall protection systems, but workers must understand how to properly wear and use them. This course looks at the latest revisions and requirements for full-body harnesses, including new testing and labeling, and technologies such as integrated energy absorbers. It also provides the latest best practice advice on fall protection training in general.

What you need to know about the recently revised full-body harness standard
Full-body harnesses are critical elements of effective fall protection systems. A properly fitted and properly worn full-body harness can help prevent serious injury or death when used correctly on the job. This article discusses the recently updated ANSI/ASSP Z359.11-2021 standard that establishes requirements for the performance, design, marking, qualification, instruction, training, test methods, inspection use, maintenance, and removal from service of full-body harnesses.
Scott Fowler

Are there gaps in your fall protection program?
Over the last several years, connected safety has changed the way companies keep their workers safe and their operations efficient. This article examines the safety gaps left open by fall protection and how connected safety can help bridge those challenges for a comprehensive safety program that gives workers the confidence they need to get the job done.
Shane McEwen

Assess & control fall risks: Eliminating hazards is the first line of defense
Fall protection has been the number one most frequently cited OSHA violation for several years. Employers continue to take significant unnecessary “risks” when it comes to workplace slips, trips, and falls by not taking the appropriate measures in evaluating their worksites. This article offers recommendations for how to keep your workplace safe and prevent employees from sustaining a serious or deadly injury from a fall.
Zach Pucillo

Immediate worker distress detection notification is critical
Working along and working at heights can be extremely dangerous. When a worker is suspended in a body harness for too long, they can experience suspension trauma. This article looks at the issue of suspension trauma and how OSHA and the industry are responding to this danger.
Dan Smith

Using personal fall arrest systems requires serious planning, training
Taking the right precautions can keep employees who work four or more feet above a lower level from suffering injury or even death. This article offers specific OSHA regulations that address personal fall arrest systems and the planning, training, and equipment inspection involved in fall protection.
Mark H. Stromme

Protecting workers at height from gravity’s pull is never-ending
There are several roles and responsibilities within any comprehensive fall protection program, and there are just as many courses of instruction that provide a baseline of knowledge and skills. But no single course of instruction currently covers every bit of knowledge needed for every work-at-height situation. In this article, onsite safety leader Pat Furr discusses his approaches—both digital and real-world—to continuous training and self-study that go beyond formal training.
Pat Furr

Full-Body Harness


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