prEN 18039

Mountaineering equipment - Autobelay devices for recreational use - Safety requirements and test methods prEN 18039

Publication date:   Mar 21, 2024

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40.60 Close of voting   Jun 13, 2024


CEN/TC 136 Sports, playground and other recreational facilities and equipment

European Norm

13.340.60   Protection against falling and slipping



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This document specifies requirements, test methods, marking and information to be supplied for autobelay devices, intended to protect against falls during recreational use in a climbing structure. An autobelay device is a movable personal fall protection system for single person use.
This document does not specify requirements for descender devices or retractable fall arresters that are used for descending/climbing in mountaineering, rescue, rope access, fall arrest or work positioning systems.
NOTE 1 A climbing structure is e.g. a ropes course, a climbing gym.
NOTE 2 An autobelay device which enables the user to belay and descent himself and which conforms to this document is personal protective equipment (PPE).
NOTE 3 For mountaineering standards, see Annex D.

Related legislation

Legislation related to this standard


Regulation (EU) 2016/425 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on personal protective equipment and repealing Council Directive 89/686/EEC

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prEN 18039
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