Petzl addresses the 100kg WLL PPE marking issue
Tuesday, 6 December 2011 | AdminPetzl address the 100kg WLL issue!
"Finally the 'grey' areas surrounding PPE selection are ironed out"
As many people are aware the majority of working at height PPE ismarked with a WLL of 100kg. Particularly an issue for users over100kg who wish to use fall arrest lanyards, these are commonlymarked with a 100kg WLL and have been the cause of somecontroversy.
The question: I weigh over a 100kg including myequipment etc., can I still use the fall arrest lanyards andharnesses my colleagues use?
Answer: Yes, however a different configuration oradditional items may be required to maintain a maximum impact forceof 6kN within the system.
Petzl have developed an intuitive system on their website enablingusers to select the products they intend to use after enteringtheir bodyweight range. Once selected the appropriate items areillustrated in an expanded view showing where each piece shouldfeature in the system.
Petzl have also provided a couple of useful PDF files with regardsto the issue. They are well worth reading as they highlight thespecific items of PPE equipment where issues are more likely toarise through use with users over 100kg.
Please note: Any rescue equipment intended for use with users over 100kg must be checked for its suitability andadditional training with the equipment may be necessary.
Here at Anglo Access we expect the information provided by Petzlwith regards to the 100kg WLL issue will answer any of yourquestions, however should you require any further guidance orexplanation please do not hesitate to contact us.
WLL=(working load limit)