Ladder safety and compliance inspections
Ladders of all shapes and sizes, portable and fixed, are in the regulator’s spotlight after new regulations and a national code of practice mandated regular inspections in line with Australian Standards. Keep it simple with a ladder audit by Workplace Access & Safety.
Whether you use fixed or portable ladders in your business, you have a duty of care under Section 21 of the OHS Act to provide and maintain a healthy and safe workplace for employees and others. As such, you must take all reasonable steps to ensure you eliminate or reduce any risks associated with working on ladders, including regular inspections and maintenance.
Fixed and Portable Ladder Inspections in Line with Australian Standards
As a leading provider of ladder testing and ladders risk assessment, Workplace Access & Safety not only provide the inspections you need but offer advice on keeping all aspects of your business safe – especially for those working at heights.
Stay on the Right Side of the Law
According to SafeWork Australia, falls are one of the leading causes of death and serious injuries in Australian workplaces. For this reason, employers should ensure that adequate safety measures are in place where there is a risk of a fall. This includes the use of ladders. National fall prevention regulations and the National Code of Practice for Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces require that ladders, both fixed and portable, must be regularly tested. Fixed ladders must comply with AS 1657 Fixed Platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders while portable ladders must meet the requirements of the latest editions of AS/NZS 1892 Portable Ladders to ensure that the workplace is safe.
What Needs to be Checked on a Ladder?
Portable ladders are one of the most used tools for working at heights, but they are also one of the least stable. When we carry out a ladder risk assessment, our HSE ladder inspectors will check for a number of things including damage, wear and tear, suitability for use, installation clearance and fixings, in particular the placement of the top rung and the clearances behind and in front of the ladder’s rungs. Our in-depth ladder risk assessment will also include photographs to back up our findings.
Once we’ve carried out our assessment, we’ll provide a comprehensive but practical step-by-step plan to ensure fall prevention compliance, emphasizing the highest priority that needs to be addressed. Ladders that we certify will be tagged on-site to show that they are compliant. The status of each ladder will be catalogued using PDAs to form an electronic database to ensure that current and future compliance reporting is as straightforward and easy as possible.
Why Choose Workplace Access & Safety for Your Ladder Inspection?
As a NATA accredited advisory business, Workplace Access & Safety provide ladder inspection in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and throughout Australia. In addition to our ladder inspection services, we provide the whole range of height safety inspection services in relation to working at a height. We’ve been in business since 1997, and work alongside Worksafe, Workcover, Safe Work Australia and relevant Australian Standard committees developing standards, laws and practices to improve safety in the workplace so you can rest assured that we understand exactly what is required. Our QR coded asset management system not only ensures onsite efficiency but allows our clients full visibility of the process.
Contact Us to Arrange Your Ladder Safety Inspection
Whether you need a portable ladder inspection, fixed ladder inspection or both, get in touch with the team here at Workplace Access & Safety by completing our online form or calling 1300 552 984.
What the law says
the national fall prevention regulations and national Code of Practice for Managing The Risk of Falls at Workplaces mandate the regular inspection of ladders. Fixed ladders must comply with AS1657, while portable ladders must meet the requirements of AS/NZS 1892.
The requirements are in tandem wit those of the Work Health and Safety Act for Persons Conducting a Business Undertaking (PCBU) and comply officers to carry out “due diligence” and ensure workplaces are safe
To read the Worksafe article recently posted on their “Safety Soapbox” click here.
A 36-point check
Among the most common reasons for nonconformance are the placement of the top rung and the clearances behind and in front of the rungs. Among the checks we’ll make for you are:
- installation clearance
- damage, wear and tear
- fixings and dimensional check to AS1657
- suitability for use
A prioritised and practical plan
Based on the risk assessment, Workplace Access & Safety will detail a step-by-step plan towards fall prevention compliance. A risk matrix illustrates the areas of highest priority to make planning simple. And because our auditors are both trade and OHS qualified, we deliver recommendations that are dedicated to reducing risk and yet intensely practical.
Proof of your compliance
Whenever your risk management systems come under scrutiny, you’ll be prepared. Certified ladders are tagged on site. Workplace Access & Safety’s auditors photograph and catalogue the status of each ladder using PDAs to build an electronic database that makes compliance reporting effortless
There’s only one way to be sure your fixed and portable ladders are safe, compliant and fit for purpose.
“The new Code of Practice for the prevention of falls in the workplace makes ladder inspections mandatory.”
Workplace Access & Safety’s inspection services are overseen by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA). NATA are recognised by the Commonwealth of Australia as Australia’s national authority for the accreditation of laboratories and the peak body for the accreditation of inspection bodies and proficiency testing scheme providers.
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