iWeb Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of iWeb?


iWeb allows an operator to easily inspect their lanyard or harness for mechanical damage such as cuts, excessive wear and abrasion. This type of damage usually relies on subjective inspection criteria (in other words there is no objective or obvious indicators for pass or fail).


How does it differ from other harness webbings?


iWeb has been constructed with a load bearing inner core of contrasting yarn woven into a unitary (single) strap which can then be fabricated into harnesses and lanyards. The presence or appearance of the contrasting yarn (red) automatically indicates the product must be removed from service.


Does this mean that more height safety products will be condemned if they are made with iWeb?


No. It is actually the opposite. In order to achieve this type of construction, the webbing weave needs to be tight, which creates a lower surface friction leading to less wear. As the discard criteria is now objective, it does not rely on the mood or attitude of the inspector and minimises over-condemning. In short, the webbing is tougher and tells the inspector whether the mechanical condition of the webbing is suitable for continued use.


Does this eliminate the need for scheduled inspections by a competent person?


No it does not. All harnesses and lanyards must be inspected at least on a 6 monthly cycle in accordance with AS/NZS1891.4, by a competent person (as defined in that standard). iWeb makes it easier for the user to inspect their own gear prior to use in between scheduled maintenance inspections and makes it easier for the competent person to make a decision to pass or fail a product. Vigilance is actually increased due to the end user’s ability to constantly monitor the condition of their safety equipment.


Why would SpanSet want to sell less harnesses?


SpanSet have always taken a long term approach to loyalty and brand trust. In order to achieve this we must offer the end user quality, safe products that represent good value. Empowering users to make informed decisions supports this. SpanSet was the first manufacturer to debunk the notion that writing your name on the product with texta should lead to removal from service due to chemical contamination. This came about through experience and testing, following industry wide complaints about over-zealous inspectors condemning otherwise safe products on technicalities (and the obvious financial incentives to re-supply).


What products is iWeb available on?


Currently all Ergo iPlus premium harnesses, which also feature Xtreme guard liquid repellent technology applied to the iWeb.