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.
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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