Making sure your fall protection equipment is cleaned between each use is a good habit to get into in the era of Covid-19.
Keeping your fall protection equipment clean and in good repair is a must to extend the life of the equipment and ensure it keeps you safe, but it’s also a good idea in the era of Covid-19. Cleaning equipment is another step you can take—in addition to washing your hands/ using hand sanitizer with at least a 60% alcohol content and maintaining social distancing whenever possible—to protect yourself and your fellow workers. You should be keeping your fall protection equipment free of dirt, oils, paint, and debris that can compromise the safety rating of the equipment, but cleaning it between use can protect you from the Covid-19 virus as well. Explore equipment cleaning tips below.
Equipment Cleaning Tips
Cleaning your fall protection equipment—like harnesses, lanyards, and life lines—doesn’t have to be a complicated process. It’ll be easier if it becomes a regular part of your end-of-day inspections or checklists of the equipment. Follow these tips for keeping your fall protection equipment clean and protect yourself:
- Always follow any manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning.
- Don’t use harsh or abrasive chemicals like sanitizers, rubbing alcohol, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, naphtha, turpentine, acetone, or industrial cleaning supplies as these can damage the integrity of your equipment.
- Wash your equipment with soap (like a mild dish detergent) and water, wiping it down rather than soaking or submerging it. Don’t use water hotter than 130 degrees Fahrenheit as this can also affect the integrity of the equipment.
- Allow it to air dry in a ventilated area, and don’t machine dry it, as this could also cause damage and decrease the integrity of the equipment.
- It’s best for everyone to have and clean their own personal fall protection equipment, as well as other safety apparel and PPE, but if it must be shared between employees, then cleaning between each use is a must.
Safety is our first priority at Safe Keeper/ Safe Climber. We have an extensive inventory of fall protection equipment, like harnesses, lanyards, life lines, anchorage systems, and ladder systems—to keep workers safe when working at heights.