Harness and lanyard maintenance and inspection is an essential part of safety when working at height. Miller by Sperian , a leader in personal protective equipment (PPE), recommends that workers follow a few simple steps as part of the routine to ensure that harnesses and lanyards offer optimal protection.
Steps include: inspecting all harnesses and lanyards before use, checking webbing for any cuts, tears, holes, excessive stretching or abrasion damage, and examining all the harness and lanyard hardware and check for corrosion, deformation or excessive movement
All inspections of harnesses and lanyards must be carried out with reference to AS/NZS 1891.4. If there is any doubt about the ability of a piece of equipment to perform accordingly, it is to be removed from service.