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fall protection safety equipment use and care tips

Fall Protection Use & Care

Greater safety and compliance when working at heights

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All 3M fall protection products are built to provide adequate protection in various environments and situations. Ensure the optimal performance of your safety equipment and keep them in peak condition with these resources on proper use, care and maintenance.

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How to wear a vest-style full body harness correctly

3M full body harnesses are designed to provide maximum protection when properly worn in combination with other suitable fall protection components​ such as lanyards​ and anchorages​. To ensure complete fall coverage and compliance with safety regulations​, make sure to follow these steps when putting on your vest-style full body harness. For information on how to put on a crossover-style full body harness, view our Harness Inspection and Fitting Guide​ here.

  • how to wear a full body harness chart inspect the harness

    1. Inspect the harness

    Inspect prior and after each use and conduct a detailed inspection once every 6 months. Check that there are no markings, cuts, burns or damage and that all labels are present.

  • how to wear a full body harness chart slip on the harness

    2.Slip on the harness

    Hold the harness by the D-ring and make sure the webbing is untangled and buckles are undone. Hold the shoulder straps and slip the harness on like a jacket. Check that straps are untangled and hang freely.

  • how to wear a full body harness chart position the sub pelvic strap

    3.Position the sub-pelvic strap

    The positioning of the sub-pelvic strap is critical. Adjust shoulder straps to ensure the sub-pelvic strap is positioned directly below the buttocks. Ensure that straps on both sides are adjusted to the same length.

  • how to wear a full body harness chart position the leg straps

    4.Position the leg straps

    Pass left leg strap between legs. Ensure they are not twisted and fasten the buckle. Repeat for the right leg. Make sure webbing does not cross between legs and adjust so that a flat hand can be placed between the leg and leg strap.

  • how to wear a full body harness chart position the chest strap and waist belt

    5.Position the chest strap and waist belt

    Position chest strap across the middle of the chest with a spacing of three fingers from the base of the sternum. Shoulder straps should be vertical, not pulled into the centre. Connect the waist buckle and ensure webbing straps are not twisted. 

  • how to wear a full body harness chart make the final adjustments

    6.Make the final adjustments

    Position chest strap across the middle of the chest with a spacing of three fingers from the base of the sternum. Shoulder straps should be vertical, not pulled into the centre. Connect the waist buckle and ensure webbing straps are not twisted. 


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Caring for your 3M full body harness

Regularly cleaning and caring for your webbed 3M full body harness helps to extend its life and ensure consistent performance over time. However, keep in mind these tips to make sure your equipment does not suffer any unwanted damage in the process. 

  • cleaning tips for 3m full harness

    Clean with water and mild soap

    When laundering or spot cleaning your harness, use a mild, bleach-free cleaning solution that won’t damage the webbing. For safe, effective cleaning, rinse and wash in water at a temperature of less than 70°C.

  • air dry at low heat for 3m full harness

    Air or tumble dry on low heat

    The harness and pads can be air dried in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight or tumble dried on low heat below 90°C. Fabric softener or dryer sheets should not be used when laundering or drying.

  • storage tips for 3m full harness

    Store in a cool and dry environment

    Store your 3M full body harness in a cool, dry and clean environment, away from direct sunlight. Avoid placing the harness on the ground, or in areas where chemical vapours exist.


More fall protection use & care resources


Find other resources on use and care for 3M fall protection products, including user manuals and bulletins for full body harnesses, anchorage connectors, self-retracting lifelines (SRLs) and more

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