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The Journal for Employee Protection
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has opened a new fall protection testing area at its purpose-built Century
House technical facility. The new area will be able to test anchor devices in
conjunction with different roof constructions and is in response to a new
standard in development, prEN 17235, to which all permanent anchor devices will
need to be tested. The construction industry is moving towards testing anchor
devices together with applicable roof type(s) when working at height to ensure
that the whole construction is safe to use.
SATRA’s new fall protection testing area allows the building of mock roof structures up to a maximum size of 6m x 6m to simulate real world use. Using three towers positioned around the mock roof, SATRA is able to carry out dynamic and static strength tests in all potential directions of loading (parallel, 45° & perpendicular). The anchor and the roof construction, and the fixings used to connect them both, can be assessed to determine the compatibility of the components and safety in use. Customers are able to watch and inspect all aspects of the testing from the safety and comfort of a viewing container positioned several meters above the ground.
“the new area will be able to test anchor devices in conjunction with different roof constructions”
Permanent anchor devices were previously covered
under the European PPE Directive, however, in 2010 this was changed and these
anchor devices were left for a number of years under no directive or regulation
due to issues regarding the exact definition of what was covered under Personal
Protection Equipment (PPE). Anchor devices have more recently been added under
the Construction Products Regulation and will now be in prEN 17235 when
published. Another standard, BS 8610: 2018, has been published which require
anchors to be tested on a simulated substrate.
SATRA has been at the forefront of fall protection
testing for many years and has comprehensive facilities at its main technical
facility at SATRA House where there are internal and external towers. The
external tower will be converted later this year to allow edge testing of
self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) and other fall protection PPE for both the
European and American markets.
SATRA offers comprehensive fall protection testing
to EN, ISO, ANSI and AS/NZS standards. SATRA is a European Notified Body under
the PPE Regulation (EU) 2016/425 and the Construction Products Regulation (EU)
For more information please email [email protected] or telephone + 44 1536 410000
SATRA is an independent research and testing organisation established in the UK in 1919. It has technical facilities in Europe and China serving customers throughout the world. As well as testing products and components to European and international standards across a wide range of industry sectors, SATRA develops, manufactures and sells test equipment. SATRA is a Notified Body for various European regulations including personal protection equipment (PPE), which is one of SATRA’s largest sector operations. SATRA has its own chemicals analysis laboratory for testing restricted substances in accordance with European REACH, and US chemicals regulations for which it is CPSC-accredited.
SATRA can test PPE against European, international and national standards and, as a Notified Body, can certify PPE for the CE Mark. There are two SATRA Notified Bodies – one in the UK and another in the Irish Republic, with a team of experts on hand to help customers through the process of the testing and type-examination according to the requirements of the PPE Regulation. SATRA is also able to carry out module C2 checks on samples from bulk production as specified in PPE Regulation or module D quality management system audits in the manufacturing facility.
SATRA is considered a leading technical authority for footwear and leather. Companies from these industries can become members of SATRA to gain exclusive access to SATRA test methods, accreditation, consultancy, research facilities, technical training and factory production management systems. SATRA systems are recognised in the supply chain as setting industry standards for quality and production efficiency.
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