Standards for Lanyards and Pole Straps in Australia: What You Need to Know

Standards for Lanyards and Pole Straps in Australia: What You Need to Know

Australia has officially implemented a new standard for lanyards and pole straps, replacing the previous regulations outlined in AS/NZS 1891.1 with AS/NZS 1891.5 

This updated standard brings forth specific requirements for the design, manufacture, testing, and labeling of lanyard assemblies and pole straps, separate from harness standards. Notably, it does not cover self-retracting lanyards or guided type fall arrestors, as detailed in AS/NZS 1891.3 

These changes reflect a safety-oriented approach, aiming to accommodate user diversity in mass and ensuring that forces exerted on lanyard assemblies during a fall arrest do not exceed 6 kN. Regulatory bodies are credited for their dedication to enhancing equipment standards to maximize performance and user safety.

Under the new standard, two significant changes have been introduced:

  • New Labelling System for Lanyards: The standard introduces a comprehensive labelling system to assist users in identifying safe weight ratings. Each lanyard will now be labeled with both minimum and maximum user mass weight ratings, along with the corresponding minimal fall clearance required.
  • New Rating Requirements for Connectors: The standard mandates new minimum rating requirements for connectors to ensure their strength to withstand maximum loads. Connectors must adhere to international standards such as ANSI/ASSP Z 359.12 or EN 362, with the latter requiring gate resistance of a minimum of 6 kN on both face and side.

While it will take time for AS/NZS 1891.5 (2020) compliant products to become available, it's essential to ensure that any equipment used meets weight rating and strength requirements. Users are encouraged to seek guidance to navigate these changes and ensure compliance with the latest standards.