• Government Appointed.
  • Performed by a trained and competent person annually or more often. A written record of such inspection and approval for continued use shall be retained. See standard reference below…
CSA Z259.2.2-17
Infrequent to light
  • Assumes indoor proper storage conditions with infrequent outdoor use; room temperature and a clean environment
  • Includes aircraft hangers, warehousing and rescue situations; Non-construction environments
  • Annual Competent Person inspection; revalidation every 5 years
Moderate to heavy
  • Assumes extended use both indoors and outdoors in all temperatures and clean-to-dusty environments
  • Transportation and trucking, utilities and heavy manufacturing
  • Inspection by Competent Person every 6 months; revalidation every 2 years
Severe to continuous
  • Assumes poor-to-harsh storage conditions and continuous use in dirty outdoor conditions
  • Commercial construction and concrete, oil and gas exploration, mining and foundry situations
  • Quarterly Competent Person inspection,annual revalidation
CSA Z259.2.2
Type 1 Devices (1.5 and 3.0 m)
  • This device shall be removed from service when the visual load applicator is deployed.
Type 2 and 3 Devices (more than 3.0 m)
  • This device shall be removed from service when the visual load applicator is deployed.
  • All Type 2 and 3 devices shall be returned to the manufacturer or manufacturer-approved service agent no more than 2 years after the date of the manufacture for inspection and maintenance, and annually thereafter. The manufacturer shall record the findings of this service and label the product with the next annual service date.
  • Performed by Hercules Qualified Inspector. Certificate issued for a passed inspection.
  • Periodic inspection shall be deemed by the Competent Person of the owner/customer of the SRD.
  • Manufactures instructions as per the user instructional manual.


  • Inspect the labels to verify that they are present and legible. Check the formal inspection grid to be sure a formal inspection has been performed within the time frame required.
  • Before each use of this fall protection equipment carefully inspect it to assure it is in good working condition.
  • Check for worn or damaged parts. Ensure all bolts are present and secure.
  • Check that the lifeline is retracting properly by pulling out the line and allowing it to slowly retract. If there is any hesitation in retraction the unit should be marked as “UNUSABLE” and inspected and serviced.
  • Inspect the lifeline for cuts, frays, burns, crushing and corrosion.
  • Check locking action by pulling sharply on the line.
  • Do not use if inspection reveals an unsafe condition.
  • Inspect energy absorbers (if applicable) for evidence of deployment. Remove from service and destroy energy absorbers with evidence of deployment. Inspect for elongation and/or separation of webbing layers and/or appearance of webbing outside the pouch.
  • Periodically clean the exterior of the SRL using water and a mild soap solution. Position the SRL so excess water can drain out. Clean labels as required.
  • Clean lifeline with water and mild soap solution. Rinse and thoroughly air dry. Do not force dry with heat. An excessive buildup of dirt, paint, etc. may prevent the lifeline from fully retracting back into the housing causing a potential free fall hazard.
  • Store and transport Self-Retracting Lanyard in a cool, dry, clean environment out of direct sunlight. Avoid areas where chemical vapors may exist.
  • Thoroughly inspect the SRL after any period of extended storage.



In Canada the Fall Protection industry recognizes the following standards:

  • CSA Z259.2.2 Self Retracting Devices

Further provincial regulations may apply. Be sure to read the manufacturer label, instructions and warnings for further safety and inspection guidelines.