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  • Inspect the harness periodically according to Manufacturer procedures.
  • If the harness does not pass the inspection or if there is any doubt about its safety or serviceability, remove the harness from service and dispose of properly.
  • Do not expose the harness to flame or high temperatures. Store and use the harness in a protective manner because the harness could melt or burn and fail if exposed to flame or high temperature.
  • Any modification or repair outside our production facilities is forbidden.
  • Keep the product labels and user information after they are removed /separated from the harness and retain them in the permanent harness record. Copy the product labels and user information/instruction and keep the copies with the harness.
  • Refer to user information before and after each use.
  • You can be killed or seriously injured if you do not read, understand and follow user instruction/information.
  • Additional information regarding safety can be found in NFPA 1500, Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program and NPFA 1983, Standard on Life Safety Rope and Equipment for Emergency Services.GUIDE ON HOW TO INSPECT YOUR LIFE SAFETY HARNESS


Webbing is woven material in the form of a long strip of a specified width with edges that do not unravel.

Seam is the connection of two or more woven materials (webbing, fabric, etc.) by threads. The seam consists of stitches sewn in a pattern by an upper and lower thread.

Metal Components include metal buckles, D-Rings, connectors, adjusters and other components of various shapes that are used as connection points, webbing adjusters, and webbing junction points.

Harness Life

  • Harnesses may be stored / used up to 10 years from date of manufacture. Max usage: 5 years from date harness placed in service. An additional 2 years of use may be added if the unit passes inspection by Rescue Technology personnel. If the harness is more than ten years old from the date of manufacture or five years old from the date of first use, remove the harness from service and dispose of properly.
  • The production date is found on the product label or label permanently stitched to the harness.
  • Keep complete records of use of the harness.
  • If the harness sustains a fall factor greater than 1, remove it from service.
  • In addition to checking before and after each use, we recommend a complete inspection every 3 months.


Inspection of Webbing

  • The inspection is required to be done on all accessible parts, especially on edges and spots where the webbing contacts metal components and other equipment.
  • If any yarn is completely broken (cut or worn through), remove the harness from service and dispose of properly. It is especially important to pay attention to both edges of the webbing where the possibility of damage is greatest.
  • Local coloring (stains, spots, etc.) wash in lukewarm water. If the stains or spots do not disappear, damage may have been caused by an unknown chemical. Remove the harness from service at once.
  • Check webbing for a Glossy surface. Glazing suggests the harness has been exposed to a heat source (flame or friction) If glazing exist, remove the harness out of service immediately. High temperatures will permanently damage synthetic fibersWebbing and Fabric: Cuts TearsAbrasion Usage DamageBurns/GlazingChemical DamageCleaning RequiredDynamic LoadingOther Inspection of Seams
  • Inspect all thread and stitch patterns in all seams. Check to insure that no threads or stitches are broken, cut, worn, burned, glazed, or unraveled. Check the stitch patterns on both sides of the webbing.
  • If any thread in a seam is completely broken (cut or worn) and the thread ends are not factory sealed, remove the harness from service.
  • If the seam is rough and one of the three individual thread components is completely broken, remove the harness from service.
  • Wash local discoloration (stains, spots, etc.) in lukewarm water. If the stains or spots do not disappear, damage may have been by an unknown chemical, remove the harness from service at once.
  • Discoloration of thread caused by high temperatures may be in the form of a glossy surface. High temperatures will permanently damage synthetic fibers and require the harness be removed from service.
  • All the seams in the harness must have the terminations (thread ends) sealed in such a way that a loose end of the thread is not longer than 2mm and the visible ends sealed to prevent the seam from unraveling. If the loose end of the thread is longer than 8mm, it is necessary to remove the harness from service. An 8mm long exposed thread end indicates more than two stitches have unraveled.
  • A loosened stitch is also a reason to remove a harness from service. A loosened stitch is defined as a loose loop of a stitch that allows the insertion of a 2mm round wire into the loop.
    Stitch Patterns/Thread:
    Cuts   Tears    Abraded    Loose
    Burn/Glazed     Missing Stitches     Other

Inspection of Metal Components

  • Check for Deformities from the original shape of the component. If a permanent deformation is visible or the reduction of the original size of the metal component is more than 5% - remove the harness from use.
  • Check for cracks and burrs on all surfaces. If any cracks are discovered, remove the harness from use.
  • Check for corrosion and oxidation of metal devices that do not disappear after washing the harness in lukewarm, soapy water. Discoloration may indicate chemical damage. – remove the harness from service.
  • Check for proper function of the metal component. Reduction in function is important to be checked especially if two components fit into each other. The function of metal components is reduced if it can be opened unintentionally or if it does not fit the original specification. – If a reduction in function is observed, remove harness from service.

Metal components, D-Rings:
Cracked     Bent      Chemical Corrosion     Sharp Edges    Other

Metal components, Buckles / Connectors:
Cracked     Bent      Chemical Corrosion     Sharp Edges     Poor Function    Other

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Harness Alterations Pass/Fail

If the user is unsure of any condition is found that suggests removal from service, return the harness to the manufacture for inspection. Contact Rescue Technology prior to any return for details.

Maintenance and Storage

  • Harnesses should be initially rinsed in clean cold water. If soiling remains, it may be washing in lukewarm water (30 degrees C max.) using mild soap (no detergent or bleach) with a pH range of 5.5 to 7. Rinse thoroughly and dry away from heat sources and sunlight. All chemical products, corrosive materials and solvents should be regarded as harmful.
  • Always carry and store the harness in an appropriate bag. Despite the addition of the UV inhibitors to the fibers in the webbing and thread, store the harness away from direct sunlight, in a well ventilated place away from sources of direct heat and chemical fumes.
  • Carefully fold the harness when placing in storage bag.
  • Usage temperature range: Between -40C and 80C.Lifetime and InspectionThe service life of this product is directly related to the frequency of use, skill of user, storage practices and the usage environment. Without taking wear or mechanical damage into account and compliance with all conditions and inspections stated in the manufacturer’s literature, a harness may be placed in service up to 10 years from the date of manufacture.



Technical Rescue and Safety is potentially hazardous. Any person using equipment sold by RESCUE TECHNOLOGY in any manner is personally responsible for learning proper techniques involved, and assumes all risks and accepts full and complete responsibility for any and all damages, including death, which may result from the use of any equipment sold by RESCUE TECHNOLOGY. The tensile strengths listed are for a new products. Tensile strength may decrease depending upon use or storage conditions.

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