Z359 and Z89

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The ANSI z359 family of standards covers a variety of subjects related to fall protection. See below for a full list:

  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.0-2012 – Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2016 – Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2017 – Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.3-2017 – Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2013 – Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.6-2016 – Specifications and Design Requirements for Active Fall Protection Systems
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.7-2011 – Qualification and Verification Testing of Fall Protection ProductsANSI harness
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.11-2014 – Safety Requirements for Full Body Harnesses
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.12-2009 – Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest System
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.13-2013 – Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.14-2014 – Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices For Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.15-2014 – Safety Requirements for Single Anchor Lifelines and Fall Arresters for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.16-2016 – Safety Requirements for Climbing Ladder Fall Arrest Systems
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.18-2017 – Safety Requirements for Anchorage Connectors for Active Fall Protection Systems – Part of the Fall Protection Code

ANSI/ISEA Z89.1-2014

American National Standard For Industrial Head ProtectionANSI helmet

This standard describes Types and Classes, testing and performance requirements for protective helmets. These include recommended safety requirements for authorities considering the establishment of regulations or codes concerning the use of protective helmets.

Did you notice that the helmet pictured has a slightly different standard number listed?

ANSI standard Z89.1-2009 is an older standard, released in 2009 versus the current one from 2014. This is not to say equipment that meets older standards is inherently unsafe. Equipment that meets newer standards is safer because it reflects design and application changes based on updated testing and feedback on usage. When purchasing new fall protection/rescue equipment or PPE, verify that each item complies with the latest ANSI standards.

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