Fit Your Safety Harness Correctly
Your guide to fitting an industrial fall arrest harness correctly:
1. Open the box; check that the manual is inside. Ensure you read the manual PRIOR to use. Do not throw away the manual. Records are kept in the manual!
2. Pull the safety harness out of the harness bag. (Store the harness in this bag when not in use).
3. Make sure the harness is free of tangles. If it is tangled, untangle it.
4. Hold the harness from the shoulder straps and open all the buckles.
5. Put the harness on over your shoulders. Make sure it is sitting correctly with no tangles.
6. Clip or close all buckles from the top to the bottom.
In this example: Skylotec ARG31 Skyfizz Harness requires the chest buckle (male piece) to be fed through the webbing through the front D Ring and then clip.
7. Fit the leg loops. Make sure the left leg loop and right leg loop match and make sure it is not tangled. Connect or close the buckles. Adjust the leg loops until firm but not tight.
8. Adjust the shoulder straps (if relevant).
9. Make sure the safety harness is sitting correctly and firmly after you have made the adjustments. There shouldn’t be anywhere that is loose or have any slack.
10. Excess webbing needs to be tucked away in the webbing keepers.
11. Check the fit of the leg loops. Insert your (flat) hand between your thigh and the webbing. If you can make a fist – it is too loose.
12. Excess webbing (leg loops) needs to be tucked away in webbing keepers.
- Get a second person for a buddy check. They can check to make sure your harness is sitting correctly and firmly, with no tangles and all the buckles are closed.
- Use the right safety harness for the right application.
- If it is not your personal harness, familiarise yourself with it PRIOR to using it.
- Store the safety harness properly – In a dry cool place (Avoid direct exposure to the elements).
- Make sure the safety harness is dry before you store it – to avoid web rot.
- Harnesses require 6 monthly inspections.