Perfect Descent Re-Certification
As a life-critical device, ongoing product certification is an essential requirement for operating Perfect Descent Auto Belays. Recertification starts with the disassembly, cleaning, and inspection of each unit. Tolerances and other wear indicators are measured and components are replaced as necessary. The unit is then reassembled and tested to confirm that it operates within the manufacturer's limits.
The use and popularity of auto belays in climbing gyms and similar facilities has grown significantly in recent years and standards for their operation continue to evolve. Improving PPE regulations in the European Union, specifically EN341:2011 Class A, represent the most comprehensive guidance for the operation of recreational auto belays.
Auto belays certified as EN341:2011 Class A require periodic examination by a factory authorized technician every 12 months. This includes Perfect Descent Auto Belays with a manufacture date of July 2020 and later and older units that have been updated to a Class A certification by a factory authorized service center. Perfect Descent Auto Belays with a manufacture date of June 2020 and earlier are certified as EN341:2011 Class C and require periodic examination every 24 months.
Whether 12 or 24 months, the timeframe for the periodic examination is considered to be the maximum amount of time that should lapse before a unit is recertified. Units with a high volume of use, those used in competition climbing, and units used in harsh environments may require more frequent examinations. Regardless of the recertification term, a unit should be returned to a service center any time a Competent Person inspection suggests the need to remove the unit from use.
Competent Person - A person who is capable of inspecting Perfect Descent Auto Belays in accordance with manufacturer guidelines, identifying existing and predictable hazards, and who is authorized by the owner/operator to take prompt corrective measures. By way of training and/or experience, a competent person is knowledgeable of operational parameters and has the authority to immediately remove from service any device that is believed to be malfunctioning or performing outside established limits.