After 15 Years, New Fall Protection Code Offers More Tools and Resources for Employers Aimed at Protecting Workers
Des Plaines, IL (June 6, 2007) — Recognizing the need to offer more tools and resources for employers to protect workers from fall hazards, which are one of the top four causes of on-the-job fatalities, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) recently announced approval of the new Z359 Fall Arrest Code, which is a new series of American National Standard Institute (ANSI)/ASSE fall protection/arrest standards. They are ANSI/ASSE Z359.0-2007, Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest; ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2007, Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components; ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007, Minimum Requirements for a Comprehensive Managed Fall Protection Program ANSI/ASSE Z359.3-2007, Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems; and ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2007, Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components.
These standards offer employers tools and resources on how to prevent fall related injuries and deaths especially when, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2005 non-fatal injuries and illnesses involving falls in the private industry totaled 255,750 and fatal-work related injuries due to falls in the private industry amounted to 735 deaths.
“The committee is very excited about the approval of the standards making-up the first portion of our Z359 Fall Arrest Code,” said Z359 ASC Chair Randall Wingfield. “There has been little change to the Z359 consensus standard in the last 15 years, even though falls are still one of the top four causes of on-the-job fatalities. These new standards mean the Z359 no longer applies only to manufacturers; they are a comprehensive resource for anyone with workers at height.”
ASSE serves as the secretariat for the Z359 Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) on fall protection and related systems. The Z359 family of standards will be available soon in both print and electronic format. For more information, contact ASSE Customer Service at 847-699-2929 or visit ASSE’s website.
Founded in 1911, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the largest and oldest professional safety organization and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 30,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor and education. For more information check ASSE’s website at www.asse.org.