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ANSI Standard Z359.1
The new ANSI Z359.1-2007 standard significantly changes the specifications for fall protection hardware. The new standard requires that hooks and carabiners be much stronger than what was previously acceptable.
In the past snap hooks have been required to withstand a side load of only 350 lbs-this can be easily exceeded in a fall where the hook is improperly loaded. ANSI Z359.1 specifies a load of 3,600 lbs, over ten times greater!
We view this new standard as a monumental step forward, creating increased safety in the work place. Although the new carabiners, hooks and lanyards do cost more, we consider it an insignificant price to pay for the benefit of saving lives.
Site Pro 1 will only sell products that meet the stringent new Z359.1-2007 standard.
ANSI Standard Z359.1 FAQ’s
1. When does the standard go into effect? The standard went into effect November 1, 2007.
2. Do the new Z359.1 compliant parts cost more? Yes, it costs more to produce parts that are ten times stronger than the parts they are replacing. However, the increase on most parts is only 10-20%.
3. How can I identify a Z359.1 compliant hook? Compliant hooks will be stamped with the manufacturers name and 3,600 lbs.
4. Can I still use my older non-compliant safety gear? Yes, the ANSI standard is still a voluntary one. However, please recognize that there is a greater level of security now available. Any new items purchased should be Z359.1 compliant.
5. How can I make sure to purchase products that meet this standard? Site Pro 1 has done the work for you, we sorted through the parts available from the different manufacturers, and identifying which ones meet the new standard and which ones do not. Site Pro 1 only sells products that are Z359.1 compliant.
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