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USITT representatives have been involved with updating codes related to a number of new or revised ANSI/ASSE standards including fall arrest, fall protection, and positioning and travel restraint systems.


Major Changes Made to
Fall Protection Codes

Jerry Gorrell
USITT Standards Committee Chair

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the secretariat for Z359.1-1992 Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components and A10 - Safety Requirements for Construction and Demolition Operations.

ANSI/ASSE Z359.-1992 was reaffirmed in 1999 with no changes as Z359.1-1992 (R1999). A few years ago it was decided a complete revision of the standards were needed, and last year four new standards were completed and Z359.1 was revised.

The new standards are:

  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.0-2007 Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.2-2007 Minimum Requirements for a Managed Fall Protection Program
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.3-2007 Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems
  • ANSI/ASSE Z359.4-2007 Safety Requirements for Assisted-Rescue and Self-Rescue Systems, Subsystems and Components

Z359.0 contains all the definitions from Z359.1-1992 (R1999) and many new ones. All four new stands reference Z359.0 for definitions. As of this writing Z359.0-2007 is available as a free download:

ANSI/ASSE Z359.1 was revised and became ANSI/ASSE Z359.1-2007 Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems, and Components.

Together these five standards have been published as the Fall Protection Code. Z359.1, the individual codes or the entire Fall Protection Code can be obtained from the American Society of Safety Engineers

Contact Jerry Gorrell, USITT Standards Chair, at for further information.

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