Q. Why is this topic important?
The topic of inspecting your soft goods is important because annual inspections will identify safety issues that could affect the safety performance of the equipment your work-at-height employees use, and ultimately affect their safety while they are working at heights.
Q. Who does this topic apply to?
The topic of inspecting your soft goods applies to all work-at-height employees, their employer’s and all owners of personal safety equipment.
Q. What do annual inspections of soft goods prevent or solve?
Annual inspections of soft goods prevent serious injury or death resulting from a fall caused by equipment failure experienced while working at heights.
Q. Is inspecting your soft goods annually mandatory by legislative laws?
Yes, however its through manufacturers who require annual inspections and the provincial laws throughout Canada defer to the manufacturers specified inspection requirements.
Q. What are the best practices for inspection of soft goods?
The best practices employer’s and owners of personal safety equipment should engage in is being proactive in scheduling your annual inspection services. Inspections should be performed by a competent person, trained in inspection of soft goods.