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Guideline: How to Inspect and Put on a Safety Harness.

A safety harness is an essential piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) used to protect workers from falls. Proper inspection and fitting of a safety harness is crucial to ensure worker safety. Here are the steps to inspect and put on a safety harness:

  1. Inspection: Before using a safety harness, inspect it thoroughly for any signs of damage or wear. Check the webbing, stitching, D-rings, buckles, and any other attachments for signs of wear, tears, or fraying. Look for any signs of rust or corrosion on metal parts. If any damage is detected, the harness should be taken out of service and replaced.

  2. Fitting: After inspecting the harness, put it on and adjust it properly. Start by loosening all straps, then put on the harness like a jacket. Ensure the D-ring is centered between the shoulder blades.

  3. Leg straps: Adjust the leg straps, ensuring they are snug but not too tight. Make sure the leg straps are not twisted and that they form a “Y” shape at the back.

  4. Chest strap: Adjust the chest strap, ensuring it is snug and located just above the breastbone.

  5. Shoulder straps: Adjust the shoulder straps so they are snug but not too tight. Ensure that the shoulder straps are not twisted.

  6. Buckles: Secure all buckles, ensuring they are properly engaged and tightened.

  7. Inspection (again): After putting on the harness, inspect it once again to ensure it is properly adjusted and there are no twisted straps.

  8. Attachments: Once the harness is properly adjusted, attach the lanyard or lifeline to the D-ring.

  9. Training: Workers should be trained on how to properly use, inspect, and fit a safety harness. Employers should ensure that workers are properly trained and understand the importance of using a safety harness.

Remember to inspect your safety harness before each use and to properly fit it to ensure maximum protection in case of a fall. Following these steps will help ensure a safe and productive work environment.