Who can inspect a harness?
You should always inspect your harness before and after each use. Always check for wear and tear, cuts and fraying, and buckle quality. To be legally compliant, your workplace should have your harnesses inspected at least annually by a qualified inspector.
In addition to pre-use checks, safety harnesses should be thoroughly inspected at least once every 12 months by a Qualified Inspector for the following reasons:
To be compliant with CSA
To be compliant with Canada Labour Code
To increase safety awareness among your employees
To ensure a longer service life for your equipment
It's good for your overall Fall Protection program
CSA Z259.10-12 (R2016) "Full Body Harnesses" states; the harness shall be inspected by a trained and competent person yearly and more frequently by the user, prior to each use.
Fall Arrest Lanyard
Inspection & certification of fall arrest, fall protection and travel restraint lanyards.
Inspection & certification of fall arrest self-retracting lifelines and lanyards.
Full Body Harness
Inspection & certification of full body harness.
Full Body Harness with Belt
Inspection & certification of full body harness with belts and extra d-rings.
Full Body Evacuation Harness
Inspection & certification of full body evacuation/retrieval harness.
Lifelines, Rope Grabs, misc.
Inspection & certification of vertical rope lifelines, rope grabs, beam bar/clamps, roof anchors and more.