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The Guardian Fall Team Blog

Documentation is a prevalent part of every contractor or organization’s safety plans and operating procedures.  Every completed construction project and facility operating within the United States should have thousands of pages of associated paperwork that detail such plans and procedures. This paperwork can range from MSDS sheets, to extinguisher inspection logs, to O & M manuals on a refrigerator. 

And, while the amount of paperwork may seem like overkill, more often than not it is essential in improving safety and following the law.  

First, let’s talk about what documentation is required for fall protection equipment.

OSHA 1910.66 App C requires that:

(f) "Inspections." Personal fall arrest systems shall be inspected prior to each use for mildew, wear, damage and other deterioration, and defective components shall be removed from service if their strength or function may be adversely affected.

Additionally, ANSI Z359.1 requires that:

6.3.2 Formal inspections shall be made by either a Competent or Qualified Person on at least a semi-annual basis.

These requirements are straight forward: a two-tiered inspection is required. 

Just performing the inspection alone is not enough; it must be documented. If it is not documented than it’s almost as if it never happened

The documentation portion of the inspection process is crucial, as it forces accountability and can always be provided as proof to inspectors that requirements are being followed.  Speaking from my own personal experience with inspectors, an inspector will always ask you for inspection logs, training logs, certification logs and fall protection/accident prevention plans. So I would suggest keeping all of these items in a fall protection binder that is reviewed and updated regularly.

ESG helps clients put into place proper documentation procedures for fall protection equipment.  If assistance is ever needed in understanding the basic requirements and getting a program started, please feel free to contact one of our representatives or explore our website for further information. 

If you have more questions regarding fall protection documentation, please feel free to reach out to us at 1.800.466.6385 or via my email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..