One of our favorite vendors, FallTech, has kindly put together an extensive article detailing the finer points of the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 standard regarding "Safety Requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems."
At a high level, the 2021 changes to the ANSI Z359.14 standard are designed to:
- Simplify types and classes of SRDs so end users can quickly identify a compliant product's capabilities.
- Increase factors of safety on multiple components and tests.
- Introduce a new testing regime for personal SRDs or SRL-P's (those worn on the back, connected to the full body harness), including specific tests to address product issues that led to a manufacturer recall.
- Further standardize labels and markings to make clear an ANSI-compliant product's capabilities.