A new revision of the American National Standard Institute for the Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) has been approved with an effective date of August 1, 2023. After this date, manufacturers will be required to conform to this latest revision of the ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard document. Through out this page there is content highlighting the important modifications to the standard that safety managers, end-users, and manufacturers should take into account:
(SPEECH) [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] (DESCRIPTION) Logo, 3M. Science. Applied to Life. Text, ANSI / A.S.S.P. Z3 59.14, 2021. Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems. A man stands in front of a white background. (SPEECH) Hi, my name is Nate Meyer, and I'm the Global Application Engineering Leader for 3M Fall Protection. It's been a really exciting year in fall protection, specifically related to standard development. One of the biggest things we've seen this year is the publication of the ANSI/ASSP Z359.14 - 2021 Standard for SRDs or Self-Retracting Devices. I want to clarify a couple of really important things about this new and exciting standard. There have been videos and social media posts online, which have implied that products currently in use marked with previous revisions of the ANSI 359.14 Standard must be removed from service when the new standard goes into effect February 1st of 2023. This is not the case. This product can continue to be used as long as it meets the requirements of the manufacturer for inspection and maintenance. Manufacturers, on the other hand, must comply come February 1st of 2023. That means that anything produced after this point must be marked with, and meet the requirements of, the latest revision of the Standard. Now, with all of that being said, Standards are continually reviewed and updated based on the latest hazards, technology, applications, et cetera. It's always a best practice to make sure that your product meets the latest version of the Standard whenever possible. For a full breakdown of the ANSI Z359.14 Standard, please check out our technical bulletin listed in the video description. Additionally, rest assured that 3M is working very hard to make sure its portfolio of SRDs is ready to go for the February 1, 2023 deadline. Thank you. [UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING] (DESCRIPTION) Text, For more information, visit 3M dot com slash worker safety. Copyright 3M 2022, All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Logo, 3M. Science. Applied to Life.
YES, the new maximum deceleration distance for both a Class 1 and Class 2 is 42 in. (1,067mm)
The previous distance was 24 in. (610 mm) for Type A and 54 in (1,372 mm) for Type B.
YES, under each SRL category, there are now new Class designations. The previous Class A and Class B devices have now been re-designated as Class 1 or Class 2 devices, under the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 standard. SRDs must now show a Class 1 or Class 2 SRD label on the product in order to designate its Class type.
a. Class 1 SRD – Must be used with an anchorage point at or above the dorsal D-ring.
b. Class 2 SRD – For use with an anchorage point either above or below the dorsal D-ring.
This means for applications requiring an anchorage point below the dorsal D-Ring, and when using SRDs certified to the new ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard, a Class 2 SRD must now be used.
With the ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard having new requirements for the allowed Average Arresting Force (AAF) increasing from 900 lbs. (4 kN) to 1,350 lbs. (6 kN), it is necessary to confirm the strength of your anchorage is sufficient for the increased values in AAF. Always check the product label for the actual AAF indicated on the Self-Retracting Lifeline, to validate use with appropriate anchorages.
Note: Some Self-Retracting Lifeline models may have a AAF of less than 1,350 lbs., and still meet the new ANSI/ASSP Z359.14-2021 standard.