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Fall Protection and Fall Restraint (Z359)


Working at height is a hazardous job, one that exposes workers to falls to lower levels, falls through roofs or floor openings, falling objects and falls due to structure collapses.

What Are Fall Protection and Fall Restraint Standards

The ANSI/ASSP Z359 fall protection and fall restraint standards address fall protection equipment and systems for climbing, work positioning, fall arrest, rescue, evacuation and other fall hazards. These standards also address training, and how to identify and abate hazards to prevent injuries when working at height.

Z359Why Use Fall Protection and Fall Restraint Standards

Safety professionals can use the standards in the Z359 Fall Protection Code to address a wide range of fall protection and fall restraint requirements in the workplace. Using the guidance in these standards, safety professionals can understand the requirements for personal fall arrest systems, various lanyards, self-rescue systems, full-body harnesses, self-retracting devices, anchorage connectors; develop a comprehensive managed fall protection program; and design active fall protection systems.

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Guidance for the End User

The Z359 Committee has created an End User Guide for the ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard. It provides recommendations on the selection and use of the devices that are part of a complete personal fall arrest system.

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