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

Online /
Feb 3, 2022 /
Course Code: 1107-WEB21

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online with the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 12:00 pm Eastern

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.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


The presentation will cover:

  • The fundamentals of fall protection technology including the preferred and recommended hierarchy of fall protection solutions.
  • The range of clearances required for various fall arrest systems. This will help students to recognize when certain systems should not be selected.
  • CSA and international standards that can be cited according to the type of fall protection system that has been selected.
  • The important contents of CSA Z259.16 for the “Design of Active Fall Protection Systems” that ensure you get active fall protection that functions as required.
  • Design considerations for travel restraint systems, including the why most commercial horizontal lifeline systems will cannot be used.


Greg Small , P.Eng., M.Eng

Greg Small is highly respected as one of the leading Fall Protection engineering experts in the World. Approximately one-third of presenters at the last ten “International Society for Fall Protection” Symposiums have received Fall Protection Engineering Training from Greg.

In 1991, Greg was appointed to the Canadian Standards Association Z259 technical committee on fall protection and served on its executive for more than 10 years, stepping down as its vice-chair in 2016. He has played a very active role in the development of standards in fall protection. He has made significant contributions to the last two editions of Z259.13, “Flexible Horizontal Lifeline Systems”, and chaired the first edition of Z259.15, “Anchorage Connectors”. His proudest achievement, however, was conceiving and chairing the original and all subsequent editions of Z259.16, for the “Design of Active Fall Protection Systems”. This ground-breaking standard was adopted, almost verbatim, as ANSI Z359.6-09 in the United States and SS607 in Singapore. At ANSI Z359, Greg stepped down as chair of ANSI Z359.18, “Anchorage Connectors” in 2020 but remains a very active participant in that and many other standards, particularly ANSI Z359.6 (“Design of Active Fall Protection Systems”) and ANSI Z359.17 (“Horizontal Lifelines”).

Greg incorporated “Elevated Insight and Engineering Ltd.” in September 2016, in service of the fall protection industry. He remains active with CSA Z259 and ANSI Z359 and consults to engineering firms, manufacturers and regulators. He serves as an expert witness in a variety of liability cases, and offers his industry-leading training in “Qualified Fall Protection Engineer” and “Competent Person Advanced”. He has participated in many forensic investigations of incidents, accidents, equipment failures, design flaws, and mis-use of equipment and systems.

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Fee & Credits

This webinar is FREE!

  • 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 2 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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