ASTM F887 Standard Specifications for Personal Climbing Equipment

ArcWear and Kinectrics partner to perform arc testing for harnesses and lanyards in accordance with ASTM F887.

Do you need to perform the post-arc drop test? ArcWear works with several U.S. laboratories, at the client's preference, to coordinate the drop test following arc testing.

This standard assures that the materials in a harness, lanyard and other components do not melt and drip in an electric arc exposure of 40 cal/cm2 and properly perform the fall protection requirements after the exposure. ASTM F887 is required by OSHA 1910.269 for workers exposed to arc flash.

ArcWear has done more than 95% of all ASTM F887 testing; our expertise assists in achieving compliance.

For full compliance with ASTM F887, qualification testing is required. Both harnesses and lanyards must be tested for compliance with the requirements identified in ANSI/ASSE Z359.1, with one modification: webbing used in the construction of harnesses shall have a minimum breaking strength of 7,000 lb (31.14 kN).

Sample Requirements

Harnesses: 10 harnesses

Shock Absorbing Lanyards, Self-Retracting Lifelines: 7 items

Climber Pads and Other Accessories: 4 items

Get Started

Please downland and fill out the Test Form (XLS) and email it to To ensure your samples are added to the testing schedule, print the form and enclose a copy with your shipment.

Kinectrics Inc.
Attn: Andrew Haines/Hugh Hoagland
800 Kipling Ave, Bldg KL
Toronto, Ontario M8Z-5G5

Phone: (416) 207-6305

Shipping From Outside Canada

Ship as samples for destructive testing ONLY. On the commercial invoice, list value very low since these will be destroyed in the testing.


After your ASTM F887 testing is complete, we will send you an email with the Arc Rating results. Within a few weeks, we will send you another email with the full test report. You will receive a user name and password for our web site, You can log on to download test reports and the raw data, photos and videos from your tests.