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Full Body Harness Inspection Checklist

Use this checklist to complete regular inspections of full-body harness equipment. This template can be used for annual harness inspections, as well as regular inspections to ensure equipment is safe for use.

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Harness Manufacturer
Harness Model
Harness Lot Number
Harness Serial Number
Date of Manufacture
In-Service Date
Harness CSA Class: A - Fall Arrest
Harness CSA Class: D - Suspension and Controlled Descent
Harness CSA Class: E - Limited Access
Harness CSA Class: L - Ladder Climbing
Harness CSA Class: P - Work Positioning
D-rings Check D-rings for rust or corrosion, distortion, cracks, breaks, and rough or sharp edges. D-rings should pivot freely.
Buckles note any unusual wear, damage or distortion. On tongue buckles check that the roller and tongue move freely and that the tongue overlaps the buckle frame. Check the outer and center bars on friction and mating buckles for distortion. On quick release types check for broken plastic and that they will not release when one release is opened. Mating buckles should nest together.
Webbing Inspect the entire length of all the webbing looking for frayed edges, broken fibers, pulled stitches, cuts, burns and chemical damage. Also look for mildew, discoloration, hard shiny spots, any webbing that has been marked with a felt pen, excessive hardness or brittleness or the Harness Fall Indicator deployment.
Stitching Check all stitching for ripped or pulled stitches and to make sure the webbing joints are not loose. Also look for missing stitching, hard or shiny spots, or discoloration of stitching.
Inspect to be certain that all harnesses have a label that is legible and securely held in place.
Harness is approved for use at time of inspection.
Harness is NOT approved for further use and must be removed from service.
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Ensure safety for all workers on your site with a full-body harness inspection checklist

A full-body harness also referred to as a safety harness, is the wearable part of a personal fall arrest system. A worker is connected to the anchorage point by a full body harness, preventing them from falling and striking a lower level or item. Many workers are injured each year when they fall from a height and hit their heads. Full-body harnesses can prevent this by keeping the worker connected to the ground at all times and it is crucial to inspect their condition with a full-body harness checklist.

Regular inspection of your full-body harness is essential to ensure it is safe for use. Follow these guidelines to make sure your equipment meets safety standards or customize Lumiform’s template to achieve safety adjusted to your situation:

  • Check the fit of the straps by ensuring they are comfortable but tight enough to keep you secure. The wear level should be adjusted regularly.
  • Check that there is no rust or corrosion on any components, including buckles, fasteners, and rivets. All hardware must meet current safety requirements for fall prevention purposes.
  • Look for signs of wear or damage – fraying straps, tears in fabric near anchor points, etc – which could indicate instability in usage or potential failure during a fall event. If any repairs need to be made, replace all worn parts.
  • It is important to check the condition and functionality of your worker’s full-body harness to ensure safety at work

    Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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