Self-retracting lifelines (SRL) & self-retracting devices (SRD)
Self-retracting lifelines are effective in minimizing the risk of working at heights – but, to do this properly they must be in good working order and must be used, stored, inspected and cleaned correctly.
Levitt-Safety is an authorized service center for 3M (formerly Capital Safety, DBI-Sala & Protecta brands), MSA and Honeywell (North, Titan and Miller brands).
How often do self-retracting lifelines need to be serviced?
Until recently SRLs needed to be inspected two years after buying (from new) and then annually after that time.
The CSA group’s new SRL standard Z259.2.2-17 bases inspection requirements on the equipment’s environmental and storage conditions. We covered this topic in our blog “14 BS facts about safety you might think are true.” With the new standard, SRLs have to be serviced every five years for light use, two years for heavy use and once annually for severe use. The table below explain it more in-depth.
SRL inspection schedule
|Type of use||Application examples||Conditions of use||User (ANSI/CSA)||Competent Person (ANSI/CSA)||Product Revalidation (CSA)|
|Infrequent to light||Rescue and confined space, factory maintenance.||Good storage conditions, indoor or infrequent outdoor use, room temperature, clean environment.||Before each use||Annually||At least every 5 years but not longer than the interval required by the manufacturer.|
|Moderate to heavy||Transportation, residential, construction, utilities, warehouse.||Fair storage conditions, indoor and extended outdoor use, all temperatures, clean or dusty environment.||Before each use||Semi-annually to annually||At least every 2 years but not longer than the interval required by the manufacturer.|
|Severe to continuous||Commercial construction, oil and gas, mining, foundry.||Hard storage conditions, prolonged or continuous outdoor use, all temperatures, dirty environment.||Before each use||Quarterly to semi-annually||At least annually but not longer than the interval required by the manufacturer.|
Note: After an impact, the SRL must be removed from service per CSA, inspected and re-certified.
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