Work at height requirements and regulations
You work at height and you still have some doubts in how to use of fall protection equipments? You need advice regarding P.P.E. and permanent fall protection solutions according to your needs and requirements?
VERTIC gives you the appropriate support to ensure maximum safety at height for you and your team.
Choosing the proper fall protection solution requires expertise and also to consider many factors and concepts. Let’s follow the guide!
New European P.P.E. Regulation 2016/45
To ensure workers a protection even more effective, the Directive 89/686 has been replaced by the European P.P.E. Regulation 2016/425. In force since the 21st April, it has been giving more guarantees to users by giving more responsibility to manufacturers, distributors, importers, notified bodies and authorities.
To know more about the Regulation 2016/425, please have a look on the file below from our group DELTA PLUS. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
What is fall factor?
The fall factor represents the proportional degree of severity of a fall. Its value lies between 0 and 2 and can be calculated by dividing the fall height by the rope/lanyard lenght. Above a fall factor of 0.3, there is a danger.
To limit fall factor, two solutions:
- Raising the anchor point position
- Increasing the braking distance to reduce the force of the fall impact.
Factor 0: limited free fall
The anchor point is above the user’s head and the lanyard is tightened.
Factor 1 : Free fall up to one time lanyard/rope system lenght
The anchor point is at the same level than the user’s chest, i.e. at the sternal attachment point.
Factor 2 : Free fall up to two times lanyard/rope system lenght
The anchor point is at the same level than the user’s feet, i.e. between the sternal attachment point and the ground.
What is fall clearance?
Fall clearance is the distance between the anchor point and the ground. Two different notions of fall clearance must be distinguished: the Fall Clearance Available (F.C.A.) and the Minimum Required Clearance (M.R.C.).
The F.C.A.: represents the distance between the structure on which the user works and the nearest obstacle (ground, wall,…).
The M.R.C.: represents the minimum required distance, so that the user falls without any risk of collision with the nearest obstacle. It is calculated as follows:
- CALCULATION FORMULA:
+ extension of the energy absorber
+ user’s size
+ minimum safety distance (1m)
What is swinging effect?
The swinging effect or pendulum effect represents the risk of swing like a pendulum if a fall occur, and in the case that the P.P.E. worn, is not directly anchored overhead. During the swing and the fall you may strike the structure you are working on or another nearby obstacle (wall, ground,…).
To limit the swinging effect, you need to keep an angle of less than 30° between the P.P.E. and the anchor point.
Glossary of safety
- EXTREMITY ANCHOR:
Element which connects the extremity of a flexible anchor line or rigid anchor line onto the structure
Parts of an anchor system or anchor device. Here the post is considered as an element of the anchor system
- FIXING ELEMENT:
Element or Elements used to connect/fix the anchor device to the structure and which is removable from the structure
- STRUCTURAL ANCHORS:
Element or Elements which are designed for use in conjunction with a personal fall protection system and to be permanently incorporated into a structure
As safety at height expert, VERTIC supports you all along the safety process. Thanks to our expertise and engineering solutions, you will be able to offer optimum safety to your teams and to fit the current legal requirements.