construction fall hazardsThe theme for this year’s International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP) symposium – which immediately follows Safety 2013 – is “Don’t Play the Odds.” Organizers promise that it will challenge the complacency that is often related to fall hazard risk.

Through expert presentations and panel discussions, symposium attendees will learn about the most current tools and methods for preventing falls. Horizontal lifelines, models for fall arrest testing, industrial rope access techniques, research into working at height and national fall protection activities will be covered.

Among information that will be featured at the symposium:

  • The results of examinations for the determination of the impact force on anchor points when using restraint systems.
  • Innovative techniques and design philosophies for providing travel restraint.
  • Case studies illustrating a systematic review of the unique aspects of HLL performance when used to anchor workers in travel restraint.
  • The relationship between the deployment force function of an energy absorber and the weight of the worker to present a new performance metric.
  • A new method of classifying energy absorbers that will simplify testing requirements for standards and be more easily understandable to users in the field.
  • Preliminary results of testing to better understand the mechanisms of aging, with a goal to establish reliable criteria for obsolescence.
  • Practical guidance that an employer can use to effectively prepare, both internally and with external resources, for the fall protection incident he hopes will never occur.
  • A method for lifeline calculation, considering the flexibility of the anchorage, resulting in lower force.
  • How workers at elevation can increase their personal safety by adhering to the concept of three-point control.

Those attending the ISFP Symposium are eligible to earn 0.8 Continuing Education Units. Those attending the ISFP Symposium and Safety 2013 may earn a total of 2.3 CEUs. To receive CEUs, attendees need to be present for the education hours of the sessions and participate in learning activities provided.

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