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This is the third edition of CSA Z259.15, Anchorage connectors. It supersedes the previous edition published in 2017 and 2012. It is part of a series of Standards on components of fall-protection systems.
Major changes in this edition include the following:
a) Annex H has been added using the content of Clauses 7.1 to 7.4, 7.6, and 18.104.22.168 of the previous edition. This Annex is intended to be used by product manufacturers for self-evaluation and -declaration against the requirements of this Standard.
b) The residual dynamic test requirements have been updated to allow use of a new test lanyard. The previous requirement was to reuse the same test lanyard from the initial dynamic test.
c) The natural frequency requirement for the drop test structure has been removed from Clause 8.1.1.
This Standard is considered suitable for use for conformity assessment within the stated scope of the Standard.
This Standard was prepared by the Subcommittee on Anchorage Connectors, under the jurisdiction of the Technical Committee on Fall Protection and the Strategic Steering Committee on Occupational Health and Safety, and has been formally approved by the Technical Committee.
This Standard has been developed in compliance with Standards Council of Canada requirements for National Standards of Canada. It has been published as a National Standard of Canada by CSA Group.
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.
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.
This Standard does not differentiate between temporary, portable, and permanent anchorage connectors.
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.
This Standard does not apply to
a) equipment davit arms meeting the requirements of CSA Z271;
b) anchorage connectors that are
i) custom engineered for limited or site-specific applications for fall protection in accordance with CSA Z259.16; or
ii) custom engineered for suspended component/tie-back line applications only meeting the requirements of CSA Z271;
c) installation requirements for the anchorage connectors with the exception of information for use [see Clause 9.2 a)]; and
d) verification of the strength of the structures or anchorage with the exception of information for use [see Clause 9.2 a)].
In this Standard, 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.
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. Unless otherwise stated within this Standard, all units have an acceptable tolerance range of ±2%.
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