In today’s fast-paced and constantly evolving industrial landscape, ensuring compliance with industry standards is crucial for companies to maintain efficiency, safety, and reliability. One such standard that plays a significant role in the workplace is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). We will explore the importance of the ANSI Z359.14-2021 compliance, discuss the need for new equipment, and highlight three reliable options: FT-X, FT-R, and Duratech.

ANSI is a non-profit organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus standards for various industries. These standards establish guidelines, specifications, and best practices to ensure product quality, workplace safety, and interoperability. Adhering to the ANSI standards not only demonstrates a company’s commitment to quality but also ensures a level playing field for manufacturers and promotes consumer confidence. 

On June 17, 2021, ANSI approved the new 2021 revision of Z359.14. ANSI Z359.14-2021 expresses the safety requirements for Self-Retracting Devices (SRDs) for Personal Fall Arrest and Rescue Systems. This revision superseded the 2014 version and will be going into effect on August 1, 2023. The 2021 changes to the ANSI Z359.14 are designed to simplify types and classes of SRDs so consumers can easily identify which products are compliant with the new standard. It also increased factors of safety on multiple components and tests of the SRDs. They also introduced new testing for personal SRDs or SRL-P’s (Those worn on the back, connecting to the full body harness), including specific tests that led to previous manufacturer recalls. Finally, they aided in further standardizing labels and marking to make it clear if a product is within the ANSI Z359.14-2021 compliance. 

In the 2014 revisions of Z359.14, overhead performance criteria were defined by SRD class: Class A and B. Now, with the 2021 revision overhead performance will be standardized across all SRDs. Class 1 is defined as an anchor at or above a dorsal D-ring and Class 2 is defined as an anchor above or below a dorsal D-ring. 

When it comes to choosing new equipment, three reliable options stand out: FT-X, FT-R, and Duratech. Let’s briefly explore each:

FT-X Overview

FT-X is a cutting-edge equipment solution designed to meet ANSI compliance standards. With its advanced features, it offers enhanced precision, durability, and safety. The FT-X line of products is known for its user-friendly interface, intuitive controls, and robust construction. It is suitable for a wide range of applications and can significantly improve productivity while ensuring compliance. 

FT-X Web 11’ SRL 

The FT-X 11′ Web Class 1 Self-retracting Lifeline is engineered for those who will not compromise on safety, compliance, worker comfort, and worker efficiency when working at height. These SRL-P’s include either a steel or aluminum rebar hook and dorsal connecting carabiner. These are available for pre-sale right now at Ohio Power Tool.

FT-X EdgeCore SRL-P

The 8′ FT-X EdgeCore is a lightweight patent-pending personal leading edge SRL-P with a synthetic lifeline that meets ANSI Z359.14-2021 Class 2 leading edge standard AND with field-replaceable retraceable.

FT-X Cable SRL-P

The patent pending 8′ FT-X Cable Class 2 Leading Edge SRL-P series is engineered for those who will not compromise on safety, compliance, worker comfort, and efficiency when working at height.

FT-R Overview

FT-R is another ANSI-compliant equipment series that offers excellent performance and reliability. These rugged devices are built to withstand demanding environments and deliver consistent results. The FT-R line boasts features such as high-speed processing, intelligent data analysis, and customizable settings. Companies relying on FT-R can benefit from improved accuracy, reduced downtime, and increased operational efficiency. 

FT-R Arc Flash Cable SRL

For workers exposed to arc flash hazards, choose the new FT-R Arc Flash Class 1 SRL, featuring a Technora rope lifeline and optional dielectric connector for maximum protection.

FT-R Cable SRL

The new FT-R Class 2 Leading Edge 30′ SRL is engineered for those who require the optimal balance of compliance, safety, and worker efficiency when working at height.

DuraTech Overview

Duratech is a well-established name in the industry, renowned for its ANSI-compliant equipment solutions. Duratech products combine durability, versatility, and precision to deliver optimal performance. They are designed with user comfort in mind, incorporating ergonomic features and intuitive interfaces. With Duratech equipment, companies can achieve reliable and consistent results while ensuring compliance with ANSI standards. 

DuraTech Mini Web SRL-P

DuraTech Mini 6-foot Personal Web SRL-Ps deliver fall arrest performance beyond the capabilities of traditional energy-absorbing lanyards.

DuraTech Cable SRL

We designed the DuraTech Leading Edge SRL for both below D-ring anchorage and overhead anchoring near exposed edges.

For a full guide of what Ohio Power Tool provides in regards to the ANSI-approved new 2021 revision of Z359.14, ANSI Z359.14-2021, click the links below:

With the deadline, companies should evaluate their existing equipment, identify any non-compliant devices, and take the necessary steps to procure ANSI-compliant replacements. By embracing these new equipment options, businesses can position themselves for success, improve their operations, and stay ahead in today’s competitive landscape. Each of these FallTech products are available at Ohio Power Tool right now by clicking the link to the guides you can shop directly from there. Don’t hesitate to reach out at or 614-481-2111 with any questions, comments, or concerns, and be sure to follow us on all your favorite social media channels to stay in the know on all the latest announcements, deals, news, and more!