New changes to EN 354
New changes to EN 354 Personal protective equipment against falls from a height. Lanyards.
This European Standard does not include requirements or testing for resistance of textile materials to ultra-violet (UV) degradation and abrasion.
There is irrefutable evidence that UV weakens many man-made fibres. Therefore, users of lanyards conforming to this European Standard are recommended strongly to check with equipment suppliers that equipment made from textiles, e.g. polyamide, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, aramid, is protected from the adverse effects of UV. Manufacturers are urged to check with suppliers of textile materials for the same.
Users of textile equipment should also carefully and regularly inspect their equipment for signs of abrasion (both external and, where possible, internal).
NOTE Tests for UV and abrasion resistance are under development and it is the UK’s intention that the results be considered in any future revision of the standard.