On 11/08/2010 00:11, K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
>> If I'm not mistaken, OSHA requires an expiration date on them..
> Greetings, TowerTalkians --
> I don't think that's correct. I've sold OSHA compliant safety
> equipment for almost 20 years (_www.championradio.com_
> (http://www.championradio.com) ) and I've never seen an expiration date.
UK perspective as an employer of riggers:
Currently the position for PPE is,
fabrics / plastics / mylon parts (such as harnesses / work position
belts / slings) = Life 5 Years
Metal components = Life 10 years
All those are manufacture dates so if a harness sits in stock for 4
years ... thats a 1 year service life.
All of course require inspection by the (trained) user before each use
and have a yearly inspection regime by a competent person.
Now Petzl and Heightec have just announced that they have extended the
life of their plastic parts to seven years and metal parts to infinite
(till it fails inspection of course) - and it looks like other
manufacturers have had to do the same. I'm still awaiting an answer to
correspondence on that but it looks like it will happen.
Would I use a second hand or out of date harness myself, not a chance
but I am in the lucky position to make sure that I always have a good
I'd rather see a ten year old (out of date) harness in occasional use by
a trained amateur than witness the dangerous stuff we see and hear about
( no harness, climbing just using a pole belt, climber tied on with a
bit of old rope etc...) I've seen an on line video of a guy fitting a HF
beam using a nylon lugage strap as a belt.......
73 de Paul GW8IZR IO73TI
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