How to Put on a Safety Harness? Step by Step Guideline

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How to Put on a Safety Harness? Step by Step Guideline

A safety harness is an important piece of personal protective equipment for you to wear when working at height. Having this designed correctly and worn correctly will reduce the risk of accidents. This article explains how to properly put on, adjust and check your seat belt.

How to put on a safety harness?

To put on a safety harness, first make sure that all of the straps and buckles are fastened correctly. Then, put the harness on over your head and adjust the straps so that it fits snugly around your body. Once you have the harness on, double check all of the straps and buckles to make sure they are secure. below is the detail instruction:

Step 1: Put the harness on.

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Step 2: Check the harness for twists and tangles by checking the D-rings at your waist, chest and hips to see that they are not twisted or tangled in any way.
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Step 3: Put an arm through each strap, and move the straps so that one is over your left shoulder, crossing in front of you, then going behind your back to your right hip. The other strap should go up over your right shoulder, cross in front of you and behind your back to cross over your left hip area.
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Step 4: Put on the leg straps; make sure they are tight enough so as not to slip off when you try to stand upright but that they aren’t cutting into you either (they should be snug).
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Step 5: Make sure all of the straps are situated properly: The rear strap should form a Y just below where these two straps come together at the buckle at your lower back; this rear strap is important because if anything happens while you are working with it on and it needs adjusting or tightening during work, this rear strap can be loosened (or tightened) while still staying secure around you since it has a separate set of buckles than those used for securing yourself around the waist area.
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Step 6: Check all straps and buckles again before climbing up anywhere high such as a ladder or scaffold — remember: Your life may depend upon what kind of shape this safety harness is in before climbing up!
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How to adjust the safety harness?

Once you’ve identified the harness, it’s important to adjust it for a snug fit.

Some harnesses are adjustable around the waist with buckles, while others will have straps on them that you can pull to tighten or loosen.

If necessary, use the adjusting parts of the harness to make sure it fits as close to your body as possible.

If the harness has pads or straps on the shoulders, adjust those as well so they are comfortable but don’t impede movement.

How to inspect a harness?

  • Go over the harness with your hands to make sure there are no rips, tears, or cuts.
  • Check each strap of the harness for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Look for nicks or cuts in the webbing of the straps, and also check to see if there are any loose threads that wouldn’t hold under pressure (if you can pull a thread from it easily with your fingers, it’s not strong enough).
  • Examine all buckles on the harness carefully to make sure they work properly and don’t have any cracks in them.
  • Inspect all metal parts such as D-rings or carabiners for rust and damage. If you find rust on these parts, do not use them.

How to tie off a safety harness?

  • Once you have the harness on, you’ll need to tie off with a D-ring.
  • Tie off to a stable structure, such as a beam, support or wall.
  • The D-ring should be positioned at the small of your back, not above or below it.
  • Tie your bowline knot by making a loop with the free end of your rope, then pass the free end through the loop and around behind itself. Now you can pull this down (loosening slightly) and tighten up the knot as much as you’d like before securing it in place by pulling on its unlabeled end.


It is very important that you wear your harness correctly, and if you don’t already know how to do so or do a routine check for your own safety, read the article above for a comprehensive guide on the subject. Learn more about this important tool and its proper use so that you can better protect yourself from falls or serious injuries.

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Arlen Wang

Arlen wang is the author of Anbu safety, he is the manager and co-founder of the Anbu Safety network. He has been in anbu safety company since 2008, with a working knowledge of personal protective equipment, and several unique skills related to the PPE industry.

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