ASTM F887 - 16

    Standard Specifications for Personal Climbing Equipment

    Active Standard ASTM F887 | Developed by Subcommittee: F18.15

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.03


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    1. Scope

    Table of Contents

    Section Title

    Section/Paragraph

     Scope

    1

     Referenced Documents

    2

     Terminology

    3

     Significance and Use

    4

    Pole and Tree Climbers

     

     Classification

    5

     Ordering Information

    6

     Pole and Tree Climbers

    7

     Climber Gaffs

    8

     Climber Straps

    9

     Climber Pads

    10

     Climber Footplates

    11

    Body Belts, Work Positioning Devices and Wood Pole Fall Restrict Devices (WPFRD)

     

     Classification

    12

     Ordering Information

    13

     Two Dee Body Belts, Auxiliary Positioning Belts, and Four Dee Body Belts

    14

     Two Dee Body Belts

    14.1

     Auxiliary Positioning Belts and Four Dee Body Belts

    14.2

     Positioning Devices

    15

     Wood Pole Fall Restriction Device (WPFRD)

    16

    Arborist Saddle

     

     Arborist Saddle 

    17

    Harnesses

     

     Classification

    18

     Ordering Information

    18.2

     Sizing

    18.3

     Marking

    18.4

    Energy Absorbing Lanyards

     

     Classification

    19

     Ordering Information

    20

     Energy Absorbing Lanyards

    21

    Qualification Testing

     

     Electric Arc Performance

    22

     Hardware Requirements

    23

     Test Equipment

    24

     Qualification Testing

    25

     Body Belts, Four Dee Body Belts, and Auxiliary Positioning Belts

    25.1

     Positioning Devices

    25.2

     WPFRD

    25.3

     Arborist Saddle

    25.4

     Harness

    25.5

     Energy Absorbers

    25.6

     Instructions

    26

     Guarantee and Rejection

    27

     Keywords

    28

    1.1 This standard covers the specifications and qualification testing of the following:

    Climbers,

    Climber straps,

    Climber Pads,

    Climber Footplates,

    Body Belts,

    Work Positioning Devices with Locking Snaphooks/Carabiners,

    Wood Pole Fall Restriction Devices (WPFRD),

    Arborist Saddle,

    Harnesses,

    Energy Absorbing Lanyards.

    These devices are used by workers in the climbing of poles, trees, towers, and other structures. Minimum performance criteria for arc resistance of harnesses and energy absorbing lanyards are included for workers who may be exposed to thermal hazards of momentary electric arcs or flame.

    1.2 Equipment may fall within one of the following categories:

    1.2.1 Fall (Travel) Restraint—Prevents a user from reaching a fall hazard (allow 0 fall distance).

    1.2.2 Work Positioning—Allows a 2 ft maximum free fall distance.

    1.2.3 Fall Arrest—Allows a 6 ft maximum free fall distance with a maximum arrest force of 1800 lb.

    Note 1: Under certain conditions and with the use of equipment designed for such conditions, a 12-ft free-fall distance with a maximum arrest force of 1800 lb is allowed.

    1.2.4 Suspension—Allows 0 free-fall distance while supporting the user’s weight.

    1.2.5 Fall Restriction—to prevent or limit free fall from a work position or while ascending/descending a wood pole.

    1.3 Three types of climbers, (Types A, B, and C) and two types of climber straps, Types (A and B) are covered.

    1.4 Two types of body belts, (Types A and B) are covered.

    1.5 Eight types of work positioning devices: three positioning straps, (Types A, B, and C), three adjustable-positioning lanyards, (Types A, B and C) and two nonadjustable positioning lanyards, (Types A and B) are covered.

    1.6 Two types of WPFRD, (Types A and AB) are covered.

    1.7 Arborist saddle, (Type A) Work Positioning and Suspension are covered.

    1.8 Two types of harnesses, (Types A and B) are covered.

    1.9 Two types of energy absorbing lanyards, (Types A and B) are covered.

    1.10 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

    1.11 The following safety hazards caveat pertains only to the test method portions, 9.2, 10.3, 11.2, 14.1.4, 15.3, 15.4, 16.2, 17.2, 18.4, 21.2, 22, 23, and 25 of this standard: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ANSI/ASSE Standard

    Z359.0-2012 Definitions and Nomenclature Used for Fall Protection and Fall Arrest

    Z359.13-2009 Personal Energy Absorbers and Energy Absorbing Lanyards

    Z359.1 Safety Requirements for Personal Fall Arrest Systems, Subsystems and Components

    Z359.3-2007 Safety Requirements for Positioning and Travel Restraint Systems

    ASTM Standards

    B117 Practice for Operating Salt Spray (Fog) Apparatus

    F1891 Specification for Arc and Flame Resistant Rainwear

    F1958/F1958M Test Method for Determining the Ignitability of Non-flame-Resistant Materials for Clothing by Electric Arc Exposure Method Using Mannequins


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 97.220.40 (Outdoor and water sports equipment)

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    DOI: 10.1520/F0887-16

    Citation Format

    ASTM F887-16, Standard Specifications for Personal Climbing Equipment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.org

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