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The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is the main federal agency that enforces safety and health legislation in the workplace. The CSA has established an extensive set of standards regarding fall protection. All Fall Protection System Corp products are built to meet the CSA requirements and regulations to ensure employee safety.

CSA Fall Protection Standards

CAN/CSA-Z259.2.1-98 (R2011)

1.1 This Standard provides design and performance requirements for manufactured fall-arresting devices, vertical lifelines, and rigid sections, including mounting components.

1.2 The equipment specified in this Standard is intended primarily for use where there is a danger of falling from heights.

CAN/CSA-Z259.2.2-98 (R2009)

1.1 This Standard specifies the requirements for all self- retracting devices (SRDs) used as connecting components in personal fall-arrest systems. SRDs are further classified in this Standard according to method of use and effective length.

1.2 The equipment specified in this Standard is intended for users at risk of potential falls from height while at work.

1.3 This Standard outlines requirements for labeling products and providing instructions for use that will inform the user of performance limitations, inspection, maintenance, and hazards associated with misuse.

1.4 Some self-retracting devices for personal fall-arrest systems incorporate a means of worker retrieval following a fall-arrest incident.

Z259.10-12

1.1 This Standard specifies design, testing, marking, and information requirements for use of full body harnesses. Full body harnesses are intended for use as body supports in personal fall arrest systems and in other work situations that involve the risk of falling.

1.2 This Standard does not cover full body harnesses for use in recreational situations such as mountaineering.

1.3 This Standard does not stipulate designs for full body harnesses, except insofar as design limitations are necessary to ensure safe and durable service.

1.4 In CSA standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

1.5 The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.

Z259.11-05 (R2010)

1.1 This Standard specifies requirements for the performance, design, testing, marking, and instructions of energy absorbers and lanyards, including lineman's pole straps and integrally connected lanyards and energy absorbers.

1.2 Energy absorbers and lanyards are used as parts of complete fall arrest, travel restraint, fall restrict, or work positioning systems, as applicable. The scope of this Standard does not include information regarding the proper selection of components in order to assure the intended performance of these systems.

1.3 This Standard is not intended for lanyards that are used exclusively as anchorage connectors or used for recreational activities such as climbing or mountaineering.

1.4 In CSA Standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard; and "can" is used to express possibility or capability. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

1.5 Units of measure the values given in SI (metric) units are the standard. The values given in parentheses are approximate and are for information only.

Z259.12-11

1.1 This Standard specifies design and performance requirements, test methods, and requirements for marking and labeling individual connecting components used as part of a personal fall arrest system (PFAS). This Standard applies to components that are:
(a) used in the interconnection of a complete PFAS unit in accordance with CSA Z259.10;
(b) intended to be used as the primary single link to a permanent anchorage connector; or
(c) intended to be used as a primary attachment point between two or more subsystems.

1.2 This Standard does not apply to anchorages or anchorage connectors.

1.3 In CSA Standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

1.4 The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.

Z259.13-04 (R2009)

1.1 This Standard specifies requirements related to the performance, design, testing, labeling, and provision of instructions for pre-engineered flexible horizontal lifeline systems (FHLSs) for the attachment of personal protective equipment for protection against falls from a height. These systems are used for arresting falls and may be used for work positioning and travel restraint.

1.2 This Standard does not cover the following: (a) FHLSs that are custom designed for limited or site-specific applications (see CSA Z259.16 for such systems); (b) guardrail or hand line systems that are made of flexible materials such as cables, chains, and ropes; (c) rigid horizontal lifeline systems such as rigid rail and beam systems; (d) FHLSs with slopes greater than 5º; and (e) FHLSs that experience directional changes greater than 10º at any intermediate anchorage.

1.3 This Standard does not stipulate designs for horizontal lifelines. However, this Standard does stipulate design limitations that are necessary for safe and durable service. (See CSA Z259.16 for such information.)

1.4 This Standard specifies strength requirements for FHLS anchorages but not strength-testing requirements for such anchorages.

1.5 In CSA Standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to figures are considered part of the figure and may be written as requirements. Legends to figures are considered requirements.

1.6 The values given in SI (metric) units are the standard. However, because some equipment is measured in yard/pound units, equivalent values in yard/pound units are given in parentheses for information only.

Z259.15-12

1.1 This Standard specifies performance, design, testing, marking, classification, and other requirements related to anchorage connectors in travel restraint, fall arrest, work positioning, and suspended component/tie-back line systems.

1.2 The requirements of this Standard include (where applicable) anchorage connectors attached to an anchorage. Methods of verifying the actual strength of anchorages in the field are not included.
Note: See CSA Z259.16 for anchorage design and construction requirements.

1.3 This Standard does not differentiate between temporary, portable, and permanent anchorage connectors.

1.4 With the exception of multi-legged frames (e.g., tripods) and personnel davit arms, this Standard does not apply to ballasted, friction, counterweight, or vacuum anchorage connectors that rest on but are not fastened to an anchorage.
Note: See CSA Z259.16 for requirements for some of these types of anchorage connectors.

1.5 This Standard does not apply to:
(a) equipment davit arms;
(b) anchorage connectors that are custom engineered for limited or site-specific applications for fall protection; or
(c) anchorage connectors that are custom engineered for suspended component/tie-back line applications only.
Note: See CSA Z259.16 and CAN/CSA-Z271 for requirements for such anchorage connectors.

1.6 In CSA standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

1.7 The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.
Note: Where tolerance on any measured unit is otherwise not specified, it will be ± 1%.

Z259.16-04 (R2009)

1.1 This Standard is intended for professional engineers with expertise in designing fall-protection systems. It specifies requirements for the design and performance of complete active fall-protection systems, including travel-restraint and vertical and horizontal fall-arrest systems.

1.2 This Standard is not intended as a substitute for testing and certification of individual components of fall-protection equipment in accordance with applicable CSA Z259 equipment Standards.

1.3 This Standard does not cover the design of passive fall-protection systems such as guardrails and nets, except where such passive systems are also designed to serve as anchorage and/or anchorage connector subsystems for active fall-protection systems covered by this Standard.

1.4 This Standard does not cover the design of positioning systems.

1.5 This Standard does not cover the determination of structural strength and behavior of components or anchorages of active fall-protection systems. It does, however, establish the safety criteria once the strengths and behaviors are known. Such strengths and behaviors are determined by analytical testing or engineering methods and by CSA or other design Standards for the materials and structural systems being used.

1.6 This Standard does not specify design or performance requirements for fall-arrest equipment or systems that have been manufactured and successfully tested in accordance with the requirements of another CSA Z259 Standard.

1.7 This Standard does not supersede the requirements of applicable occupational safety and health regulations. Where the requirements in this Standard differ from legislated requirements, the most conservative requirement is followed.

1.8 In CSA Standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Legends to equations and figures are considered requirements.

Z259.2.5-12

1.1 This Standard specifies design, testing, and marking requirements for manufactured fall arresters for single users and for manufactured vertical lifelines that are used on a vertical or slope plane.

1.2 The equipment specified in this Standard is intended for use where there is a danger of falling from heights. In the event of a fall, the equipment will lock to arrest the fall.

1.3 This Standard does not cover
(a) the design, testing, installation, or supply of anchorage connectors; or
(b) horizontal lifeline systems.

1.4 In CSA standards, "shall" is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the standard; "should" is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and "may" is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the standard. Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material. Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements. Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

1.5 The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.