FAQ

What are acceptable Methods of Payment?

Black Box Safety is set up to take payment using the following methods:

  • Federal Government: Systems for Award Management (SAM)
  • Minnesota State Wide Integrated Financial Tools (SWIFT) electronic fund transfers
  • VISA, MC, AMEX, or a check

What is the best way to connect with Black Box Safety?

Fill out the “contact us” form on our website or call us at 612-801-0202 to schedule a no-charge risk assessment and consultation.  You can also download a pdf. catalog on our website using the following link.

What is a Competent Person?

According to OSHA 29 CFR part 1910: Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems), a competent person is one who is capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards in any personal fall protection system or any component of it, as well as in their application and uses with related equipment, and who has authorization to take prompt, corrective action to eliminate the identified hazards.  Each organization with work-at-height hazards must ensure that there be at least one trained competent person on-site to manage these hazards.

Should I verify my fall protection anchor point?

Standards for Personal Fall Arrest Systems are often confusing and left to interpretation.  Therefore, VERI5000TM has provided this guide to help you make an educated decision based on the standards (see below) and the equipment you are using.  Download the pdf below to learn more.

Anchors: What to Proof-Test and Why

How do you know the anchor is rated for the WLL?

In reality, the anchor strength depends on the proper installation of the anchor, the integrity of the material from which it was installed, and how the anchor and material work together.  The best way to ensure that your anchor is rated for the working load limit is to do the following:

  1. Install anchor according to manufacturers instructions
  2. Verify and document anchor capacity using the VERI5000 AVD™
  3. Conduct and document periodic of inspections of the anchor as required by manufacturer

I went through Competent Person training years ago, should I go again? Has anything changed?

Yes. ANSI Z359.2-2007 Section 3.3.4.5 states that “Competent Person update training shall be conducted at least every two years to stay current with the fall protection and rescue educational industry requirements or when new fall protection systems are used or installed or new fall hazards are encountered.”  In addition, OSHA has also updated it’s 29 CFR 1910 subpart D Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).  The OSHA’s Final Rule was promulgated to update, align, and provide greater flexibility in its General Industry Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Standards.  Due to the ANSI requirement for Competent Person refresher training at least every 2 years, and the evergreen updates to OSHA standards, it is highly recommended that Competent Persons be retrained or receive refresher training at least every 2 years.

How often should I document inspection of my fall protection safety equipment?

Inspection frequency depends on the fall protection device being inspected.  ANSI Z359.14 provides additional inspection requirements based on type of use and conditions of use. Refer to 6.1 Inspection and Appendix A: Inspection Requirements for compliance with the standard

Capital Safety Certification and Inspection Frequency

How do I choose the correct fall protection harness size?

Manufacturers of safety harnesses will publish size charts.  Full-body harness sizing is determined by an individuals height and weight.  In addition harnesses need to be adjusted to fit the individuals body while providing a secure fit that will minimize injury potential in the event of a fall from height.  For this reason it is strongly suggested that workers DO NOT share full-body harnesses.  If you’re interested in a DBI/SALA or Protecta full-body harness, please download the attached size charts below.

Download DBI/SALA Harness Size Chart PDFDownload Protecta Size Chart PDF

What does the name Black Box Safety Mean?

Black Box Safety: The onboard flight recorder on an aircraft is the key to aviation safety. Black Box Safety is the key to injury prevention in the work place. At Black Box Safety we provide the skills and resources needed to ensure that each worker returns home safely at the end of the day.

We already have in house trainer…why would we work with you?

Some subjects require a subject matter expert. Fall protection standards are complex and are updated frequently.  Black Box Safety will deliver up-to-date and relevant fall protection training at your site or ours.

What is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and why is it important?

Businesses that are owned and operated by a disabled veteran are eligible for the SDVOSB certification. The disability must have occurred as a direct result of military service. The business must be at least 51% owned by the disabled veteran. The disabled veteran must be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business.

What is the purpose of the SDVOSB program?

The purpose of the SDVOSB procurement program is to provide state and federal procurement agencies with the authority to set aside contracts for exclusive competition among other service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses, as well as the authority to make sole source awards to service-disabled Veteran-owned small business concerns (Small Business Administration, 2017). Executive Order 13360 (Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, 2005) requires that each government agency develops a strategy to increase their contracts with disabled-veteran businesses and designate one senior level official to develop and implement the agency’s strategy. The progress of each agency towards this goal must be reported annually to the SBA.