Customer Service:
Mon - Fri: 8:30 am - 6 pm EST


CSA Z259.12-2016

Z259.12-16 - Connecting components for personal fall-arrest systems (PFAS)


This is the third edition of CSA Z259.12, Connecting components for personal fall-arrest systems (PFAS). It supersedes the previous editions, published in 2011 and 2001.

This Standard is part of a series of Standards on components of fall-protection systems and provides performance requirements, test methods, and requirements for marking individual components used as part of a personal fall-arrest system.

Changes to this edition include

a) updates to definitions and figures;

b) revision to soft loop testing procedure;

c) revisions to the marking requirements; and

d) addition of requirements for transverse body loading (both static and dynamic).

CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Standard was made possible, in part, by the financial support of the Canadian government departments responsible for occupational health and safety.


This Standard specifies design and performance requirements, test methods, and requirements for marking and labelling individual connecting components used as part of a personal fall-arrest system (PFAS). This Standard applies to components that are

a) used in the interconnection of a complete PFAS unit in accordance with the applicable CSA Z259 series of standards;

b) intended to be used as the primary single link to a permanent anchorage connector; or

c) intended to be used as a primary attachment point between two or more subsystems.

This Standard does not apply to anchorage connectors that are covered under CAN/CSA-Z259.15.

In this Standard, shall is used to express a requirement, i.e., a provision that the user is obliged to satisfy in order to comply with the Standard; should is used to express a recommendation or that which is advised but not required; and may is used to express an option or that which is permissible within the limits of the Standard.

Notes accompanying clauses do not include requirements or alternative requirements; the purpose of a note accompanying a clause is to separate from the text explanatory or informative material.

Notes to tables and figures are considered part of the table or figure and may be written as requirements.

Annexes are designated normative (mandatory) or informative (non-mandatory) to define their application.

The values given in SI units are the units of record for the purposes of this Standard. The values given in parentheses are for information and comparison only.

Content Provider
CSA America, Inc. [csa]

Others Also Bought

Z259.2.5-17 - Fall arresters and vertical lifelines
Z259.15-17 - Anchorage connectors
Z259.11-17 - Personal energy absorbers and lanyards
Document History
Included in Packages
This standard is not included in any packages.
Amendments & Corrections
We have no amendments or corrections for this standard.

As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) empowers its members and constituents to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.