Life Expectancy of Lanyards & Harnesses

ANSI does not reference a maximum service life for synthetic fiber products. ANSI standards require that the user remove the equipment from service if it has been subject to the forces of arresting a fall. ANSI also states that when inspection reveals defects in, damage to, or inadequate maintenance of equipment, the equipment shall be permanently removed from service or undergo adequate corrective maintenance before return to service.

Each harness and lanyard shipped by Honeywell Safety Products is accompanied by specific instructions for use, inspection, and cleaning that must be understood and followed. Instructions require that all fall protection products, including harnesses and lanyards be visually inspected prior to use and regularly inspected by a Competent Person, such as defined by ANSI and OSHA (Occupational Health & Safety Administration). When not in use, products should be stored in an area that is clean, dry and free of exposure to fumes or corrosive elements.

Following these instructions may still necessitate removing the harness or lanyard from service prior to any life expectancy guideline, due to the normal wear and tear of everyday use. Likewise, proper adherence to the inspection and maintenance criteria may extend the useful life. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the end-user to determine when a harness or lanyard is unfit for use and should be removed from service.