It's no secret that there's been an update to the Self-Retracting Devices Standard in ANSI Z359.14. FallTech posted an article that does a good job of calling out the highlights and changes.
Their article helps answer the following questions in more detail.
- What are the high-level changes that ANSI Z359.14-2021 addresses?
- What are today's ANSI Z359.14-2014 SRD types and classes?
- What will be the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 SRD types and classes?
- What are the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 standardized SRD overhead performance criteria?
- What are the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 standardized labeling requirements?
- How will the testing of SRDs change with the new ANSI Z359.14-2021 requirements?
- What is the compliance timeline for existing SRDs in use?
- When will FallTech begin offering ANSI Z359.14-2021 compliant SRDs to the market?
- How will FallTech manage the recertification of current 2014 Class A/Class B devices?
- If I buy a FallTech Class A/B SRD device now, how long will you support the repair, service, and maintenance schedule once the new 2021 ANSI standard goes into effect?
- I currently use a non-Leading Edge rated personal device in a below D-ring application. Will this still be allowed after August 1, 2023?
The new standards went into effect on August 1st, 2023. This revision supersedes the version put in place back in 2014.