Harness and Lanyard Inspections
Falls from height are one of the most common causes of major injuries in the workplace and the best way to prevent falls is with the right safety equipment.
Harnesses and lanyards go a long way to protecting employees if they do fall from height. They are life-saving equipment and should be treated as such.
Safety harnesses and lanyards need to be inspected on a regular basis. They should be inspected for the following reasons:
- Fit for user – the harness is fitted correctly according to the height and weight of the user
- Fit for purpose – the right type of harness is being used for the work carried out
- Safe and secure – that the user knows how to fasten the harness correctly.
There are a variety of harnesses available to buy. Before purchasing it is important to do your research and make sure the harness complies with safety standards.
How often should harnesses and lanyards be inspected?
Harnesses are used in high-risk environments and so should be checked often. We recommend conducting harness inspections at least once every six months. Regular training for harness users should also be provided.
How we can help
Our experienced health and safety consultants can support you with your harness and lanyard safety, even before you make a purchase. Clients regularly consult us to make recommendations on what to look out for when buying safety equipment.
We are not affiliated with any harness suppliers and are able to offer impartial advice about harness and lanyard suitability and safety.
Our health and safety consultants are able to provide regular in-depth harness inspections, as well as advice on conducting your own internal checks. We also offer harness safety training on your premises, which is beneficial when you have multiple users.
If you would like to talk to us about your harness requirements, please contact our expert consultancy team on 01708 555544.