WORKPLACE, RESCUE AND MOUNTAINEERING HARNESSES

APPLICABLE STANDARDS: EN 358 / EN 361 / EN 813 / EN 1497 / EN 12277


7H103, 7H121, 7H123, 7H125, 7H126, 7H127, 7H133, 7H134, 7H135, 7H136, 7H137, 7H138, 7H142, 7H144, 7H151, 7H152, 7H153, 7H154, 7H156, 7H157, 7H159AF01, 7H160, 7H161, 7H164, 7H165, 7H166

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: straps, safety stitching, attachment rings, buckles

SECONDARY ELEMENTS: padding, strap retaining loops, elastic straps, stitching on these components

REPLACEABLE PARTS: /

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 STRAPS

  • Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, loose threads, wear, burn marks or traces of chemical substances. Check the straps of the waist belt, leg loops, shoulder straps, other connecting straps and, if present, attachment points formed of woven fabric. Pay particular attention to check parts hidden by buckles, rings, where straps cross one another and by padding.
    Important! Check particularly carefully the straps near to closure buckles and the chest connector / belt loop.

2.2 – CHECKING SAFETY STITCHING

  • Safety stitching is different from other stitching: it uses thicker thread and larger stitches and is a different colour from the strap. Make sure there are no cut, loose or pulled threads, wear, abrasion, corrosion or traces of chemical substances. Check the stitching of the leg loops, waist belt, shoulder straps, other connecting straps and, if present, attachment points formed of woven fabric. Pay particular attention to check the stitching for attachment rings/loops, where straps cross one another and in areas hidden by buckles and by padding.

2.3 – CHECKING METAL PARTS (ATTACHMENT RINGS, BUCKLES ETC.)

  • Check all attachment rings: ventral, side, sternal, back. Check all buckles present: on the waist belt, on the leg loops, on shoulder straps, and on other connecting straps. Make sure they are not bent and there are no cuts, cracks, oxidation or corrosion.
  • Make sure there is no foreign material residue in cavities.

2.4 – CHECKING OTHER COMPONENTS

  • Check the state of the padding of the waist belt, leg loops and shoulder straps. Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, loose threads, wear, corrosion or traces of chemical substances. Check as well the stitching on these components.
  • Check the gear lops. Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, loose threads, wear, corrosion or traces of chemical substances.
    Important! Even though they are not structural components, damaged gear loops are hazardous because equipment attached to them can fall. You are advised to remove unsafe gear loops, notifying this modification on the periodic inspection sheet.
  • Check strap retaining loops (non-structural element). Make sure there are no cuts, abrasions, loose threads, wear, corrosion or traces of chemical substances.

3) FUNCTIONAL CHECK

3.1 – CLOSURE BUCKLES

  • Check that closure buckles open and close correctly without restrictions.

3.2 – ADJUSTMENT BUCKLES

  • The adjustment buckles of the waist belt, leg loops and shoulder straps should allow adjustment without restrictions. They should keep the strap firmly fixed and should only release the strap when they are manually opened.

3.3 – ELASTIC STRAPS

  • The elastic straps which support the legs loops should be undamaged and functioning properly.

3.4 – CHEST CONNECTION (IF PRESENT)

  • Check that the lower part of the harness is correctly connected to the chest harness as shown in the instructions.
  • Make sure that the PILLAR EVO SGL / PILLAR PRO TGL connector is present.
    Important! If the connector present is different to the original one, replace it with another PILLAR EVO SGL / PILLAR PRO TGL, noting the serial number in the area for notes on the inspection sheet.
  • Check the condition of the connector by following the relevant inspection procedure and the instructions for use.

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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.
  • Strap has been crushed.


    Strap with small tear on external edge.


  • Hole through strap.


    Strap with signs of burning from being near to heat source.


  • Strap has been burnt by touching hot object.


    Strap very worn near to chest ring.


  • Straps very worn where they join.


    Strap with obvious loose threads..


  • Worn safety stitching.


    Stitches of safety stitching have been cut.


  • Stitches of safety stitching with laceration.


    Attachment ring with clear signs of abrasion.


  • Attachment ring with cut mark.


    Padding damaged. Important! Check carefully any structural straps located above or below padding. You can see in the photo the slight cut mark on the right of the strap.


  • Padding very worn. Wear of non-structural components should not be underestimated because it indicates general wear of the device..