349. Securing to an anchorage system: The fall arrest connecting device of a full body harness shall be secured to one of the following anchorage systems: (1) a single point of anchorage with one of the following characteristics:
(a) have a breaking strength of at least 18 kN;
(b) be designed and installed in accordance with an engineer’s plan in compliance with CSA Standard Z259.16 Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems, and
i. have a strength equal to twice the maximum arrest force as certified by an engineer; or
ii. be certified in accordance with EN 795 Personal Protective Equipment against Falls - Anchor devices - published by the European Committee for Standardization or with CAN/CSA Standard Z259.15 Anchorage Connectors;
(2) a flexible continuous anchorage system (horizontal lifeline) with one of the following characteristics: (a) be in compliance with the following minimum standards:
i. have a steel cable of a minimum diameter of 12 mm slackened to a minimum angle of 1 vertical to 12 horizontal, or 5° from horizontal;
ii. have a maximum distance of 12 m between the end anchors;
iii. have end anchors with a breaking strength of at least 90 kN;
(b) be designed and installed in accordance with an engineer’s plan in compliance with CSA Standard Z259.13 Flexible Horizontal Lifeline Systems and CSA Standard Z259.16 Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems;
(3) a rigid continuous anchorage system designed and installed in accordance with an engineer’s plan in compliance with CSA Standard Z259.16 Design of Active Fall-Protection Systems.
A flexible continuous anchorage system complying with subparagraph a of subparagraph 2 of the first paragraph may not be used by more than 2 workers simultaneously.
An anchorage system having the characteristics described in subparagraphs b of subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the first paragraph and an anchorage system referred to in subparagraph 3 of the first paragraph shall, before it is first brought into service, be inspected and tested by an engineer or a qualified person acting under the supervision of an engineer, to ensure that the system is in compliance with the design and installation plans.
O.C. 885-2001, s. 349; O.C. 510-2008, s. 4; O.C. 1411-2018, s. 281.