WORK POSITIONING LANYARDS

APPLICABLE STANDARDS: EN 358


2F715, 7L915

Carrying out regular periodic checks (at intervals predetermined by the manufacturer) is vital for ensuring the equipment’s efficiency and durability and the user’s safety. Carrying out periodical controls doesn’t relieve the user nor from the obligation to perform the controls before and after each use, neither to require an extraordinary periodic check, in case an outstanding event occurs (ex. a fall, even from a low height, a change of user etc.), or in case of doubts about the correct functioning of the device. Attention! The examiner, after carrying out the periodical check, has the responsibility of the good functioning of a PPE. The check must br performed with the highest accuracy, without haste and after completing all the necessary steps: this is the only way to avoid useless risks.

The regular periodic checks must be carried out:

  • every 12 months, with normal/standard use;
  • every 6 months in the case of intense use or in aggressive environments (ex. marine environment);
  • in case an anomaly has been found during the checks before and after each use;
  • every time there is a change of user;
  • filling in the sheet for the periodic check stated on the user’s instructions, or the one included in the present manual;
  • only by the manufacturer or by a skilled person authorized by the manufacturer.

The sheet for the periodic check must be completed:

  • following the instructions as described in the specific checking procedure of each device (check for latest updates on the site ppe.climbingtechnology.com);
  • consulting the photographs at the end of each procedure;
  • consulting the instructions for using the device, if necessary downloading them from: www.climbingtechnology.com;
  • examining the device in a suitable well-lit and tidy workshop.

The annul sheet for the periodic check is composed by a check list where the output of the ispection must be indicated, for each stage of the procedure:

OK
The device is in a good condition and it can be use safely.

TO BE DISCARDED
The device presents averaga / serious damages which jeopardize its primary functionalities and consequently must be removed from service. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTE”.

TO BE CHECKED
The device presents one or more small damages that don’t jeopardize its primary functionalities. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTES”.

REQUEST OF REPLACEMENT
It is found out that one replaceable part of the device is damaged or missing: indicate the anomaly in the box “NOTES”. At the end of the check, in case no other damages have been detected, if the replacement is carried out, il dispositivo potrà essere declared suitable, otherwise it will be removed from service. If not differently indicated, the replacement can be only performed by the manufacturer, by a technician trained by the manufacturer or by a competent person authorized by the manufacturer. The replaceable parts of each device, if present, are listed in the relevant checking procedure and indicated with their proper purchase code.

Note carefully!

  • Each device can be composed both by primary elements (having structural / safety functions) and by secondary elements (having accessory functions): upon examiner’s discretion, the damages existing on secondary elements could have less importance in causing the unsuitability of the device. The primary and secondary parts of each PPE are listed in the relevant checking procedure.
  • The information on the model, code, serial number, year of manufacture and applicable norm/standard(s) can be found on the device in the position shown in the instructions for use.
  • The service life of the device is indicated in the instructions for use which must be attached to the periodic check sheet.
  • Prior to the check the device should be adequately cleaned as described in the instructions for use. A dirty device can be declared unfit for use because it cannot be inspected properly

At the end of the checking procedure the device can be declares: FIT FOR USE, UNFIT FOR USE, TO BE CHECKED. In this last case, the slight defects, to which must be paid attention during the checks before and after use, shall be indicated in the notes. The examiner can decide, at its discretion, to schedule the successive periodical control of the device within a shorter lapse of time than the forecasted 12 or 6 months.

Checking procedures

Nomenclature

PRIMARY ELEMENTS: body, side plates, regulator cam and screws, rope and terminations, connector

SECONDARY ELEMENTS: /

REPLACEABLE PARTS: rope, rope protector sheath, connector

1) HISTORY AND GENERAL CHECK

1.1 – Check the existence and the readability of the marking details, in particular the CE symbol and the applicable EN norm/standard.

1.2 – Check that device has not exceeded the storage and/or in-use lifetime.

1.3 – Check that the device is intact and no parts are missing (check against a new product).

1.4 – Check that the device has not been modified outside the factory or serviced in a non-approved centre.

1.5 – Check that the device has not experienced an exceptional event (e.g. fall from height, violent blow, etc.). Even in the absence of visible defects or deterioration, the original strength could be seriously reduced.

2) VISUAL CHECK

2.1 – CHECKING THE REGULATOR

  • SIDE PLATES – Make sure the side plate is not bent and that there are no cuts, cracks or wear, paying special attention to the areas where the rope and connector touch the side plates. Make sure there is no oxidation or corrosion.
  • CAM – Make sure the cam is not bent and that there are no cuts, cracks or wear, paying special attention to the areas where the rope touches the cam. Make sure there is no oxidation or corrosion.
  • SCREWS – Check the condition of the screws and that there is no play between the side plates.

2.2 – CHECKING THE ROPE

  • 2.2.1 – CHECKING THE SHEATH

    • Examine the full length of the rope to make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, threads unravelling, wear, corrosion or traces of chemical substances on the sheath. Make sure that areas hidden by protection sheaths etc are examined.
  • 2.2.2 – CHECKING THE CORE

    • Examine the full length of the rope, feeling the core, to make sure there are no soft, rigid, or separated sections and no hernias (where the core pokes out). Make sure that areas hidden by protection sheaths etc are examined.
    • If you can feel anomalies, bend the rope at these points into curves of varying radius to make sure it bends uniformly. The presence of sharp angles or deformations can mean that the core is broken or damaged.
  • 2.2.3 – CHECKING LOOPS AT THE END OF THE LANYARD

    • ROPE – Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, threads unravelling, wear, corrosion or traces of chemical substances.
    • PROTECTION SHEATHS – Check the sheath is not damaged and that there are no cuts, cracks or chemical substances on it.
    • SEWN JOINS – Make sure there are no cut or loose threads, wear, abrasions, corrosion or traces of chemical substances.
    • THIMBLE EYE – Check not damaged and that there are no cuts, cracks or chemical substances on it.
  • 2.2.4 – CHECKING THE TALURIT SPLICED TERMINATION

    • Check the condition of the termination, that there is no excessive wear or traces of chemical substances. Feel the sheath to confirm that the end of the rope extends beyond the talurit.
  • 2.2.5 – ROPE PROTECTOR

    • Check the rope protector is not damaged and that there are no cuts, loose threads or excessive wear. If defects are found, check carefully the rope underneath. If the rope protector is missing or damaged, replace it.

2.3 – CHECKING THE LANYARD’S CONNECTOR (IF PRESENT)

  • 2.3.1 – CHECKING THE BODY

    • Verify there are no deformations, cuts, cracks, corrosion or oxidation.
    • Verify that the groove caused by the rope or other devices rubbing in the area shown is not more than 2 mm deep. Other parts must not have signs of wear deeper than 1 mm.
  • 2.3.2 – CHECKING GATES/LEVERS

    • Verify there are no deformations, cuts, cracks, corrosion or oxidation. Check as well the condition of rivets.
  • 2.3.3 – CHECKING CLOSURE SYSTEM

    • Check the opening of the gate when the second lever is actioned as shown on the instructions for use. Check that when the gate and second lever are released that they immediately and automatically return to their positions.
      Important! Check that, with the locking mechanism engaged, that the gate cannot be opened. If necessary, lubricate moving parts in accordance with the device’s instructions for use.

2.4 – CHECK THE REGULATOR’S CONNECTOR

  • Check that the EN 362 oval connector with the correct serial number is present. If a different connector from the original one is present, replace it with a correct EN 362 oval connector whose serial number should be noted on the inspection sheet in the space for notes.
  • Check the condition of the connector following the inspection procedure and the instructions for use.

3) FUNCTIONAL CHECK

3.1 – CHECKING THE ROPE RUNS FREELY

  • Attach the regulator’s connector to the harness’s stomach loop and the end connector to an anchor point. Check that the cord runs freely by pulling it at the talurit end.

3.2 – CHECKING THE LOCKING FUNCTIONALITY

  • Check the system locks by loading it with your own weight: the rope must not move. The release of the rope is only possible by manually operating the device as described in the instructions for use.

3.3 – CHECKING THE RELEASE OF THE ROPE

  • With one hand, hold the regulator and rotate it gently. With the other hold the free end of the rope and verify that it can be gradually feeds through the regulator.

Photo doc.

OK The device is in a good condition and it can be use safely.
TO BE DISCARDED The device presents averaga / serious damages which jeopardize its primary functionalities and consequently must be removed from service. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTE”.
TO BE CHECKED The device presents one or more small damages that don’t jeopardize its primary functionalities. Indicate the detected damages in the box “NOTES”.
REQUEST OF REPLACEMENT It is found out that one replaceable part of the device is damaged or missing: indicate the anomaly in the box “NOTES”. At the end of the check, in case no other damages have been detected, if the replacement is carried out, il dispositivo potrà essere declared suitable, otherwise it will be removed from service. If not differently indicated, the replacement can be only performed by the manufacturer, by a technician trained by the manufacturer or by a competent person authorized by the manufacturer. The replaceable parts of each device, if present, are listed in the relevant checking procedure and indicated with their proper purchase code.
  • Rope worn.


    Rope with damaged sheath: the rope’s core can be seen.


  • Rope with damaged sheath. Note the difference in curvature between the undamaged portion (constant curvature, below left) and the damaged portion (uneven curvature, above right).


    Rope with damaged core. This damage is best found by feeling the rope, although you can see a slight narrowing of the rope.


  • Regulator’s cam very worn: see the difference between a new device (right) and one with a worn cam (left).


    Termination loop damaged: thimble eye and heatshrunk coating partially missing, stitching and rope worn and label illegible.


  • Regulator with loose screw.


    Apply low-strength thread-locking fluid and retighten until tight.

    Regulator with missing screw.


    Replace with designated spare part. Apply lowstrength thread-locking fluid and retighten until tight.

  • Rope core protruding.


    Clear burning on protection sheath. Important! Check the entire length of the rope: the damage on the sheath could be present on the rope as well.


  • Clear burning on protection sheath. Important! Check the entire length of the rope: the damage on the sheath could be present on the rope as well.


    Rope very dirty with deposits of foreign substance.


  • Regulator with cam jammed due to build-up of foreign matter.


    Regulator’s connector and rope protection sheath missing.


    If there are no other defects, replace missing parts with designated spare parts.