Product Advisory: 3M™ DBI-SALA® EZ-Stop™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard

PRODUCT ADVISORY – PLEASE READ 

EZ lanyard

3M™ DBI-SALA® EZ-Stop™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard 
 
This is not a recall and the EZ-Stop Lanyard portfolio remains safe to use as it meets all aspects of the relevant OSHA regulation (OSHA 29 CFR 1926.502).  
 
As part of 3M Fall Protection’s on-going commitment to delivering high quality safety equipment, we are notifying our customers of the following information related to the 3M™ DBI-SALA® EZ-Stop™ Shock Absorbing Lanyard portfolio. 
 
With respect to the voluntary ANSI/ASSE Z359.13-2013 standard, recent 3M testing produced results marginally (~2-4%) above the maximum requirement for testing in ambient, dry conditions.1  We believe this is the result of a raw material issue, which we are currently investigating (with in-scope product shipments currently on hold pending completion of that work).  Product shipments will resume as soon as products are requalified to meet applicable requirements. 
 
We have not received any complaints from our customers related to this issue. A list of P/N can be found at http://go.3M.com/ezstopadvisory
 
Because the EZ-Stop Lanyard portfolio products are safe to use and continue to meet all applicable OSHA requirements as well as remain well below the ANSI requirements for testing in hot, cold, or wet conditions, these products can remain in service.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your 3M Sales Representative or the 3M Customer Service Team at 3mcafpserviceaction@mmm.com or 833-998-2243. 
 
Thank you for your continued use of and support for 3M Fall Protection products. 
 
This standard identifies two maximum requirements of average arrest forces for a six-foot lanyard in the event of a fall:  900 pounds in ambient dry conditions and 1,125 pounds in hot, cold, or wet conditions.  These values are significantly more conservative than the 1,800 pounds specified under the applicable OSHA regulation for use with a full body harness.   
 
Our recent testing was conducted under ambient dry conditions and produced a limited number of test results that marginally exceeded the average arresting force required by ANSI (i.e., results between 900 and 940 pounds).  Because these results are well within the top end of the ANSI range (1,125 pounds) – and significantly below the applicable OSHA requirement (less than 1,800 pounds maximum arresting force) – the EZ-Stop Lanyard portfolio remains safe to use.
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