Difference Between Active and Passive Fall Protection

April 13, 2022 11:38 am Published by

The necessity for fall protection is established when a fall hazard is detected in the workplace. However, just because you have a fall protection system in place doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy harnesses and lanyards. There are two options for fall protection once the necessity has been determined. There are two types of fall protection systems: passive and active.

When in or out of use, a “passive” fall protection system is one that is non-dynamic, stationary, and does not move, adapt, or change. Passive systems do not necessitate the employment of personal protection equipment or the worker’s active participation. Netting, handrails, and guardrails are common examples of passive systems. Passive solutions are most suited to architectural designs and working conditions where engineering controls are ineffective in preventing falls.

Active fall protection systems, in contrast to passive systems, are dynamic and necessitate the employment of specialized equipment as well as worker engagement. Fall restraint and fall arrest are the two forms of active fall safety systems. The characteristic of tying a strapped worker to an anchorage point using a lanyard is common to all active fall prevention systems. To keep a worker’s center of gravity from going over a fall hazard leading edge, fall restraint systems typically use a fixed-length lanyard (or dog leash). Fall arrest systems use a variety of lanyards, such as rip stitch lanyards and SRLs, to prevent a free-falling worker from colliding with a lower level. A PFAS, or Personal Fall Arrest System, is a term used to describe active fall prevention systems.

Immovable point fall protection systems, vertical fall protection systems, and horizontal fall protection systems are examples of active systems. Each type of active fall protection has distinct benefits. A horizontal system would be ideal in a huge industrial workspace with a strong overhead support structure, for example. A vertical fall protection device would be ideal for an unprotected radio tower. An immovable point system would be used in a high-rise window cleaning job where above fall prevention is not possible.

The anchorage, full-body harness, lanyard, and connectors, which are typically carabiners and snap hooks, are all critical working parts of active systems, especially fall arrest systems. A fall arrest system isn’t complete until all four of these components are present and functioning effectively. Whether your workplace uses passive or active fall protection systems, proper worker training, system maintenance, and regular inspection of all fall protection system equipment are all critical to maximizing the system’s effectiveness. System kits are frequently available and ready to install. Customers can request custom-fabricated systems from some suppliers to fulfill their facility’s specific fall protection requirements. Whatever your requirements, make sure you choose a fall prevention system that increases workplace efficiency while reducing risk and cost.

Dutest offers a variety of fall safety options. All types of equipment including Horizontal Lifeline system, Vertical Lifeline System, Fixed Lifeline System, Fall Protection Systems such as Full Body Harness, Fall Arrestor Block and other safety equipment are supplied by Dutest.

Dutest offers a comprehensive range of fall protection systems. Dutest recognizes the market’s growing need for such items and strives to meet it with the highest quality products possible. Our comprehensive assortment of safety equipment is accessible across the UAE.

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