The ABSORBICA I and Y lanyards are certified to a European standard and a North American standard whose requirements are not exactly the same.
EN 355 standard fall test
Fall length: 4 m
Test mass: 100 kg
Maximum allowable impact force: 6 kN
Maximum tearing of energy absorber: 175 cm
ANSI Z359-13 12ft standard fall test
Fall length: 12 feet (3.66 m)
Test mass: 128 kg
Maximum allowable impact force: 8 kN
Average allowable impact force: 6 kN
Maximum tearing of energy absorber: 152 cm
The ABSORBICA I and Y lanyards are calibrated to pass the tests of the two standards above.
In a fall of an equal or less mass, over an equal or less distance, the user will be arrested by the energy absorber without exceeding the maximum allowable impact force.
Note: even if the energy absorption capacity allows a 4 m fall to be arrested with an “acceptable” impact force of less than 6 kN, such a fall is not harmless. At all times, it is recommended to reduce the fall distance as much as possible.