Services, standards, test methods and certifications

Guaranteeing the workers’ safety effectively means keeping the personal fall protection equipment constantly efficient. The EN 365 establishes that all fall protection equipment must be inspected in-depth at least every 12 months to determine the presence of defects which reduce their efficiency. These inspections can be performed only by a skilled person, who is aware of the periodic inspection procedures. Cofra, through a team of engineers and technicians specialized in the fall arrest sector, holds several training courses about the procedures of periodic inspection and an Inspection and Repair Centre that carries out the yearly inspection of the personal fall protection equipment used on the workplace.

TRAINING COURSES
INSPECTION OF FALL ARRESTER EQUIPMENT
The course is aimed at anyone who intends to carry out the inspection of COFRA s.r.l. fall protection equipment on his own or on behalf of third parties. The objective of the course is to provide all the information necessary to inspect the various devices. At the end of the course, a certificate of attendance is provided.

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF RETRACTABLE DEVICES
The course is aimed at anyone who intends to carry out maintenance and repair of Cofra s.r.l. retractable devices on his own or on behalf of third parties. The objective of the course is to provide all the information necessary to carry out the diagnosis of retractable devices and make the necessary repairs.

INSPECTION AND REPAIR CENTRE OF FALL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT
COFRA has its own inspection and repair centre of fall protection equipment. The flexibility of services offered by our centre allow to carry out the inspection of all products at COFRA or directly at the user's premises.

EN 354

Lanyards

EN 355

Energy absorbers

EN 358

Work positioning and restraint belts and work positioning lanyards

EN 360

Retractable type fall arresters

EN 361

Full body harnesses

EN 362

Connectors

EN 363

Personal protective systems against falls

EN 795

Anchorage devices

EN 813

Belts with thigh straps

VG CNB/P/11.062

 

REACH

In order to safeguard the consumers' health, the European Union issued the Reach regulation (come into force on 1st June 2007) which forbids the use of certain chemicals. COFRA guarantees the compliance of all its products with the REACH regulation; they do not contain carcinogen substances or mentioned in the European list of forbidden substances and, in order to grant it, all raw materials used during production are subjected to controls.

COFRA branded body harnesses and work positioning belts, belonging to the category of personal protective equipment for work positioning and the prevention of falls from a height, have been designed and developed entirely by COFRA technicians based on in-depth and extensive engineering and marketing research, with the aim of offering the end-user the highest standards of quality and reliability. They are fully guaranteed by certifications and comply with all current regulations on fall protection. The two key tests performed on body harnesses are the static test and the dynamic test.

STATIC TEST

test statico

The test torso and harness are placed in the testing rig and a force of 15 kN is applied between the fastening element of the harness and the lower ring of the test torso. The same test is repeated applying a force of 10 kN between the fastening element of the harness and the upper ring of the test torso. The static force applied is maintained for 3 minutes after which checks are made to ensure that the harness has not become detached from the test torso. The test is performed for each fastening element on the harness.

DYNAMIC TEST

test dinamico

The harness is fitted onto the test torso and secured to the rig with a lanyard. The torso is allowed to fall feet first for approximately 4 m before the lanyard becomes taut; using the same lanyard, the test is repeated immediately, allowing the torso to fall head first for approximately 4 m. After each fall, checks are made to ensure that the harness has not become detached from the torso and that the angle of inclination between the longitudinal axis of the torso’s dorsal area and the vertical axis does not exceed 50°. Both phases of the dynamic test are applied to each attachment point designed for fall arrest and bearing the relative marking.

DOLOMITICERT Longarone (BL) ITALIA

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