Height Safety Manufacturer's Obsolescence Notices

Honeywell Obsolescence Notice

Download the Miller life span documentation for height safety equipment in PDF format.

Capital Safety Group Obsolescence Notice

This Covers Products Marked with SALA and Protecta Brands Names

As stated in European Standard EN 365, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) against fall from height must be inspected at least once every twelve months by a competent person who, in some cases, will involve sending the item back to a trained service agent, who will decide whether the equipment is suitable to be placed back into service. Depending upon the type and environment of work, inspection may be needed to be carried out more frequently than once per year, and inspection is always to be carried out inline with country or local requirements.

Textile products or products containing a Textile element

A textile product or element may lose its characteristics with time. This is especially true for products which are subjected to climate corrosion, sunlight deterioration, chemicals, mechanical contact, and dirt ingress. In these cases all products will undergo accelerated ageing.

General estimates of the lifespan of textile products are dependent in its use and environment, as well as it’s correctly storage while not in use

  • Up to a maximum 10 years from the date of manufacture.
  • Used rarely: 6 to 8 years from the date of first use.
  • Used regularly: up to 5 years from the date of first use.
  • Very heavily and/or in aggressive areas: less than 1 year from the date of first use. Mechanical products, Self Retracting Lifelines

For mechanical products that require mechanical servicing during inspection which allows the replacement of components:

  • No service life limit as long as the recommended servicing and repair is undertaken and documented by a CSG trained competent person.

For mechanical products that can not be serviced during inspection so the internal mechanism can not be checked.

  • Up to a maximum 10 years from the date of manufacture.
  • If the product has a textile element for the lifeline or shock absorber, the rules of textile products should be followed.

Permanently Installed Fall Arrest Anchorage Systems

For permanent systems, such as horizontal or vertical cable systems:

  • No service life limit providing that the recommended service schedule is up kept, and the maintenance is performed by a CSG trained competent person.

The shuttle or sleeve used to connect to these systems:

  • Must undergo an annual inspection in line with the whole system.
  • No service life limit as long as the recommended servicing and repair is undertaken and documented by a CSG trained competent person.
  • If the product has a textile element for example shock absorber the rules of textile products should be followed.

Temporary Fall Arrest Anchorage Systems

For temporary anchorage systems, such as removable eyebolts and temporary horizontal cable systems

  • No service life limit providing that the recommended service schedule is up kept, and the maintenance is performed by a CSG trained competent person.

For temporary horizontal or vertical systems manufactured from webbing or rope

  • The rules of textile products should be followed.
  • The travelling units for these systems are governed by the same rules as apply to the permanent systems.

For Vacuum Anchors:

  • No service life limit providing that the recommended service schedule is up kept, and the maintenance is performed by a CSG trained competent person.

Tractel Obsolescence Notice

Download the tractel life span documentation for height safety equipment in PDF format.

Ikar Obsolescence Notice

IKAR Statement of Obsolescence

All items of Personal Fall Protection and Rescue Equipment manufactured by IKAR GmbH are subject to this Statement of Obsolescence. The statement is a requirement of EN 365:2004, a European product standard, due to the degradation in the strength of the product over a period of time.

The original tested strength of a synthetic based product will naturally degrade over time, which will be accelerated by any aggressive environmental conditions including (but not limited to) sand; grit; cement; dust; fumes and liquids. Contact with rough and sharp edges; abrasive surfaces; heat sources and chemicals can also affect the strength, as can ultraviolet light. The general wear and tear of using items in the workplace will also have an effect on the strength of a product.

The table below sets the maximum permitted lifespan of all products in the IKAR GmbH product range. Lifespan is determined from the date of manufacture shown on the product label, provided that the item has been correctly stored, maintained and subjected to the appropriate inspection and servicing regime as detailed below.

Product type Maximum lifespan from date of manufacture Recommended in service lifespan. Always make a note of the date of first use. Thorough recorded inspection required by a trained & competent person & maximum intervals Service & re-calibration required by approved IKAR service department & maximum intervals
Fall Arrest Harnesses 8 years 5 years Yes / At least every 6 months No
Restraint Lanyards 6 years 5 years Yes / At least every 6 months No
Work Positioning Lanyards 6 years 5 years Yes / At least every 6 months No
Fall Arrest Lanyards 6 years 5 years Yes / At least every 6 months No
Rope Guided Type Fall Arresters 6 Years 5 years Yes / At least every 6 months No
Retractable Type Fall Arresters with Steel Cable Lifeline No maximum lifespan.
This is determined during the annual service. Typically this is 10 years depending on usage.
Determined by annual service schedule Yes / At least every 6 months Yes / At least every 12 months
Retractable Type Fall Arresters with webbing Lifeline No maximum lifespan.
This is determined during the annual service.
However, the lifeline must be replaced after 5 years.
Determined by annual service schedule Yes/ At least every 6 months Yes / At least every 12 months
Anchorage slings 6 years 5 years Yes / At least every 6 months No
Tripods, davits and associated equipment No maximum lifespan.
This is determined during the annual service. Typically this is 10 years depending on usage.
Determined by annual service schedule Yes / At least every 6 months Yes / At least every 12 months
Height safety rescue products 6 years 5 years Yes/ At least every 6 months Yes / At least every 12 months

Be aware that inspecting equipment does not involve testing the residual strength of the product. Therefore, it is strongly advised that all employers and users of the equipment are made familiar with this statement and adhere to the recommendations.

For further advice on this statement, the annual servicing and re-calibration requirements and training in the use and inspection of Personal Fall Protection Equipment please contact IKAR GB, the UK associated company to IKAR GmbH.


Last updated: 15-12-2020 09:25:07

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