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Related Products: 022-4084

Safewaze SRL Swivel Roof Anchors are designed to be used as part of a Personal Fall Arrest System on Z-purlin, metal decking, and wood roofs. When installed correctly, the SRL Swivel Roof Anchor has a Minimum Breaking Strength of 5,000 lbs. (22.25 kN).

Through recent substrate testing, it has been determined that Safewaze SRL Swivel Roof Anchors can also be installed on flat concrete surfaces and utilized as described in the product manual. The installation and use of the SRL Swivel Roof Anchor on concrete is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines:

1. A Competent Person has determined the concrete structural member is capable of withstanding anticipated fall loads and meets, or exceeds, OSHA required anchorage strength regulations.

2. The concrete must be uncracked, 3000 psi or higher, and a minimum of 6’’ thick.

3. The anchor is installed at least 8’’ away from any edge.

4. Use (8) 1/4’’ x 13/4’’ hex head Tapcons fasteners for installation (can have a maximum screw length up to 3’’). These fasteners (Image 1) are available in the open market and are not supplied with the product. Pre-drilled holes with 3/16’’ drill bit are required. See Figure 1 for correct installation placement.

5. The anchor must be installed and used in a horizontal orientation only.

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Additionally, refer to the Safewaze manual provided with the product, or available online, for proper use and other installation information.

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Related Products: FS880, FS880-1, FS880-6/-8/-10, 70180, 70200, 70280, 70300, 70380

Related Standards: ANSI Z359.18-2017 Type A, OSHA 1926.502

Safewaze Concrete Anchor Straps are designed to be used as part of a Personal Fall Arrest System in concrete structural member applications. The Concrete Anchor Strap is typically installed on suitable rebar cage and then embedded in poured concrete. When installed correctly, the Concrete Anchor Strap has a Minimum Breaking Strength of 5,000 lbs. (22.25 kN).

Though installation in concrete is the intended use, Safewaze Concrete Anchor Straps can also be used as temporary anchors on alternative structural members, such as wood framework, steel I-beams, or pipe racking. For instance, the Concrete Anchor Strap could be installed like a Cross Arm Strap on the aforementioned alternative structural members. However, use of this product in a manner in which it is not designed can lead to excessive abrasion, wear, and possible product failure. For this reason, this product must be inspected before each use. The use of a Concrete Anchor Strap on an alternative structural member is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines:

1. A Competent Person has determined the alternative structural member is capable of withstanding anticipated fall loads and meets, or exceeds, OSHA required anchorage strength regulations.

2. The chosen alternative structural member does not allow for the Concrete Anchor Strap to slip off of it, or become unintentionally disengaged in any capacity.

3. The chosen alternative structural member does not have any sharp or abrasive edges or surfaces.

If you have any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Document, please contact Customer Service at (800) 230-0319.

Additionally, refer to the Safewaze manual provided with the product, or available online, for proper use and installation information.



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70200 Concrete Anchor Strap: Soft Loop

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Related Products: FS-EX310-1

Safewaze provides fasteners with the FS-EX310-1 Ring Anchor. The anchor comes with (3) 5/16 in. x 3’ in. stainless steel hex lag screws. The use of alternative lag bolt lengths with the FS-EX310-1 Ring Anchor is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines:

1. The chosen lag bolts are of the same grade and diameter.

2. The chosen lag bolts are between 3 inches and 4 inches in length.

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Related Products: FS-EX310-1 Ring Anchor

The FS-EX310-1 Ring Anchor was initially marked as a 5,000 lbs. ANSI Z359.18-2017 rated single point anchor with a limited working radius of 30°. The product manual stated, “The FS-EX310-1 is not for use in Horizontal Lifeline (HLL) applications.” However, after extensive testing, the Ring Anchor is suitable for HLL use.

HLL use with the Ring Anchor is permitted in systems that require a 5,000 lbs. or less anchor point. The anchor still meets ANSI Z359.18-2017 when used as a single point anchor with a working radius of 30°. Additionally, the Ring Anchor meets OSHA regulations as a 3,600 lbs. anchor point when used as a single point anchor with a 360° working radius.

Products already in the field may not reference HLL use on labels/manuals. However, future labels and manuals will be updated. Current product specifications have not changed. Therefore, the use of current FS-EX310-1 Ring Anchors in the field with HLLs is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and guidelines.

If you have any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Bulletin, please contact our Technical Support Specialist at (704) 262-7893. Additionally, refer to the most updated Safewaze manual, available online, for installation diagrams and proper use/operation information.

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Related Products: Safewaze SRLs, Lanyards, and Harnesses

Related Standards: ANSI Z359.6-2016, OSHA 1926.502

According to OSHA, “Individual components in a fall arrest or positioning device system may be made by different manufacturers so long as they meet the compatibility requirements.” ANSI outlines product compatibility in Z359.6-2016 stating that, “All directly connected components of an active fall protection system must be compatible, performing as intended and preventing unintentional disengagement during system use or in the event of a fall.”

Safewaze equipment is designed for, and tested with, associated Safewaze components or systems. Safewaze products, like those of other manufacturers, undergo testing in compliance with relevant OSHA regulations and ANSI standards. Safewaze products may be used with competitor products to provide fall protection, provided the following guidelines are followed:

  1. The chosen competitor components meet applicable ANSI requirements.
  2. A Competent Person onsite oversees the entire system, ensures compatibility, and confirms that each component meets the manufacturer’s requirements for its specific use.
  3. The manufacturer’s instructions are read, understood, and followed for all components and subsystems in the Personal Fall Arrest System (PFAS).

An exception to this policy would be horizontal lifeline systems (HLLs). HLLs are designed, tested, and sold as complete systems and include components specifically engineered to perform a precise function within the system. The use of ANSI compliant competitor products, such as harnesses, lanyards, and SRLs, can be used in conjunction with HLLs. However, the parts sold with the system itself can not be interchanged. A Safewaze example of this type of system would be the SafeLink Horizontal Lifeline System.

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Related Products: SRL-Ps

Related Standards: OSHA 1926.502 and 1910.140

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, establishes comprehensive requirements and regulations for Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS). One type of PFAS is a Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRL). OSHA mandates that all SRLs adhere to specific minimum and maximum performance requirements.

The regulations for SRLs encompass various factors: free fall distances, minimum tensile load strengths, allowed Maximum Arrest Forces (MAF), etc. A Self-Retracting Lifeline must possess sufficient strength to withstand twice the potential impact energy resulting from a fallen worker’s free fall of 6 ft. (1.8 m), or the maximum free fall distance permitted by the system– whichever is the lower of the two.

Although above D-ring anchorage is the preferred anchorage tie-off level in the industry, there are situations where it may be impractical. These situations require the user to initiate below D-ring tie-off. Compliance with OSHA 1926.502 and 1910.140 is required for Self-Retracting Lifelines, regardless of its anchorage height.

Consult OSHA 1926.502 and 1910.140 for detailed information on these regulations.

Please contact our Technical Support Specialist at (704) 262-7893 for any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Bulletin.

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Related Products: Personal Fall Arrest Systems

Related Standards: OSHA 1926.502, 1910.140, 1910.66

Date: 05-23-2023

The guidelines set forth by ANSI standards state that fall arrest systems should have a minimum capacity of 130 lbs. and a maximum capacity of 310 lbs. This weight encompasses the overall combined weight of the employee, their clothing, tools, and equipment. Unlike ANSI standards, OSHA regulations do not specify a particular minimum or maximum weight capacity for fall protection systems. However, the generally accepted industry standard is a capacity of 400+ lbs. for OSHA compliance.

OSHA 1910.66 acknowledges a force factor of 1.4 as the accepted ratio to convert human force limits to equivalent force limits when rigid test weights are used. When testing a specific piece of fall protection equipment that exceeds 310 lbs., or falls below 130 lbs., the conversion factor is utilized to determine the necessary rigid weight required. Therefore, Safewaze components can be tested and rated outside of this 130-310 lbs. range. For instance, specific lanyards may have a minimum capacity rating of 85 lbs.

The 1.4 force factor works for weights below 130 lbs. and above 310 lbs. All components of the personal fall arrest system must be rated for any difference in weight– above or below– the capacity range of 130-310 lbs.

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Related Products: 021-4082 5K Swivel D-Ring Anchor

Related Standards: ANSI Z359.18 Type A, OSHA 1926.502 and 1910.66

In order to allow for user customization, the 021-4082 5K Swivel D-Ring Anchor assembly does not include a fastener. The user can choose to install a wedge or screw bolt with the anchor. The 021-4073 concrete wedge bolt and the 021-4053 concrete screw bolt are the recommended Safewaze products to use with the anchor. Safewaze equipment is designed for, and tested with, associated Safewaze components or systems. However, Hilti’s HSL4-B is a permitted bolt substitution. The use of competitor fasteners is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual, the chosen alternative fastener manual, and the following guidelines provided:

1. The alternative bolt has a diameter between 1/2’’ and 5/8’’.

2. The alternative bolt has an embedment depth of 41/2’’.

3. The alternative bolt is intended for concrete installation.

4. A Competent Person has determined the alternative fastener is capable of supporting intended loads on the anchor assembly.

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Related Products: All Safewaze SRLs/SRL-Ps, FS8800SP-D, FS8800SP-L

Related Standards: ANSI A92.22-2021, EM 385-1-1

The use of a Safewaze Self-Retracting Lifeline (SRLs/SRL-Ps) for fall protection on a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWPs) is permissible provided the user follows the Safewaze product manual and the following guidelines provided:

1. Use of an SRL/SRL-P will not ensure the user is properly restrained while the MEWP is in motion and could result in the user being ejected from the platform. The user should be secured to the engineered anchor point designed into the MEWP at all times. Additionally, the user should utilize a non-energy absorbing restraint lanyard/device which is connected to the side positioning D-rings of a full body harness when the platform is in motion. Connecting to the sternal, front, or dorsal D-rings will not provide adequate protection in a restraint application. SRLs can be adequately used for fall protection when the platform is stationary.

2. If there is an opportunity for the line constituent to encounter a sharp edge while conducting MEWP activities, a Class-2 leading edge SRL must be used.

3. A Class-1, Class-A, or Class-B SRL may be used only when there are no sharp edges and a leading edge is unnecessary, and as long as the aerial work platform has a guardrail system with a latching gate around its perimeter. This is not required if the anchorage position for the SRL is overhead.

4. It is mandatory that the energy absorbing portion of the SRL/SRL-P is mounted to the dorsal D-ring of the user’s harness. If an internal braking SRL is without an external energy absorber and is anchored at, or below, the dorsal D-ring’s height, the SRL may not function as intended. The line constituent could encounter the MEWP’s guard railing and create friction at that contact point, which may not allow the SRL to properly engage and arrest the fall. However, internal braking SRL models that do not incorporate an external energy absorber can be used if a separate, in-line energy absorber is installed between the end of the lifeline and the dorsal D-ring of the harness. By its attachment to the worker’s back, the added energy absorbing device allows proper deceleration as it isolates the friction on the lifeline. This protocol is highly recommended to reduce the risk of damaging the lifeline should a fall occur over the guardrail.

5. Safewaze offers two part numbers for this application:

a. FS8800SP-D — 18” Energy Absorber: Snap Hook, D-ring



b. FS8800SP-L — 20” Energy Absorber: Soft Loop, Snap Hook



6. When calculating fall clearance, efforts must be made to ensure there is a clear fall path available and enough free fall distance to engage the energy absorbing function of an SRL, or external energy absorber. When adding an additional energy absorber, greater fall clearance is required and must be taken into consideration.

7. The SRL’s lifeline extension speed must reach approximately 4.5 feet per second before the brake/absorber will engage and stop a fall. If a user fails to reach this speed, such as in a fall down a sloped surface, the SRL will not engage.

8. Employee training should be conducted to help ensure a safe working environment

9. When operating under the guidelines pursuant to EM 385-1-1, Safewaze SRLs are not allowed for use with Boom Supported Platforms/Boom Lifts.

10. Safewaze SRLs are suitable for use with Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms/Scissor Lifts. The Scissor Lifts must be equipped with anchorages that meet the ANSI Z359 Fall Protection Code in order for the SRLs to be utilized. This is also pursuant to requirements as specified in EM 385-1-1.

If you have any additional questions regarding the information in this Technical Bulletin, please contact our Technical Support Specialist at (704) 262-7893.

Additionally, refer to the Safewaze manual provided with your product for additional information.

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