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What is the CSA?
It is an acronym for the Canadian Standards Association, a nonprofit membership-based association serving business, industry, government, and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace. As a solutions-oriented organization, CSA operates in Canada and around the world to develop standards that address real needs, such as enhancing public safety and health, advancing the quality of life, and helping preserve the environment.
What is the general scope of CSA Z259.12-11 Connecting Components for Personal Fall Arrest Systems?
All connecting components manufactured after December 1, 2012 must meet the 3,600 lbs. (16kN) gate-face and side-load testing requirements along with the CSA Z259.12 and have a CSA logo marked on it [marking requirements only apply to class 1]. Web and soft loops are now identified as a class I connector and have more stringent abrasion testing and labeling requirements. Snap hooks are no longer an acceptable connection point into a web or soft loop, however, choke-off loops, D-ring and O-ring extensions, and carabiners that meet the 3,600 lb. requirement are compatible connections.
When is this new CSA Z259.12-11 components standard in effect?
The new Canadian Standard CSA Z259.12-11 is in effect as of December 1, 2012.
The introduction of the CSA Z259.12-11 Canadian Fall Protection Code is part of a series of CSA standards on fall protection products, and provides performance requirements, test methods, and marking requirements for individual components used as part of a personal fall arrest system.
For more information, visit the CSA website at http://www.csa.ca/cm/ca/en/about-csa
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