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How To Specify Fall Protection To Get What You Or Your Client Needs

2 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will:

  • Be knowledgeable of the main options for providing Fall Protection, and be able to discuss the relative trade-offs between cost and effectiveness of each.
  • Understand that many common Fall Arrest Systems do not prevent the worker from impacting a lower level until the worker is significantly higher than the threshold height where regulators require fall protection to be used. Guidance is provided on how to deal with this phenomenon when the work area is higher than the threshold height but not high enough to effectively prevent a falling worker from being injured.
  • Understand that writing a specification that calls for a particular type (or brand) of system, without specifying the performance requirements, makes the specifier responsible for whether the performance will effectively protect the user(s).
  • Understand which of the wide variety of fall protection regulations and standards should or should not be cited for particular types of fall protection systems.
  • Understand that substituting equipment used in a system can significantly change the performance.


Fall Protection can be provided in a wide variety of ways, including Passive Fall Protection (Guarded work areas) and Active Fall Protection (Travel Restraint and Fall Arrest Systems). Active Fall Protection is usually less expensive but much more complicated than simplistically providing strong anchorage systems for workers to connect to.

Although this course does not teach fall protection engineering methods, it does provide sufficient information to help attendees write specifications that will make fall protection providers properly responsible for the engineering performance of the systems they provide.

Course Outline:

  • Fall Protection options that may or may not meet regulatory requirements.
  • How much fall clearance is generally required for Fall Arrest systems.
  • What is covered in the CSA Z259.16 standard for the “design of active fall protection systems”.
  • Critical performance requirements that may not be met if the above standard is NOT specified.

Who Should Attend

The course is intended for Architects and Engineers who have basic or no knowledge/training in the field of fall protection safety, who write or select specifications for others to develop and install fall protection systems.

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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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