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Safety in design for working at heights

– compliance , aesthetics and peace of mind at the design stage

Australia’s Safe Design of Structures Code of Practice and Section 28 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 demands designers eliminate hazards – both during the construction phase and in the decades of maintenance that follow – even before they are created. It’s bankable compliance.

Why? Because buildings designed to be safer are also inherently easier and cheaper to manage over their lifetimes. The benefit is less paperwork, simpler equipment, less risk and more attention to aesthetics.

Specialist height safety designers review the concepts and can consult on alterations to the building design to eliminate risks and reduce the need for specialist equipment (which reduces cost in the construction phase and future building maintenance) on the roof to access dangerous areas and reduce/eliminate dangerous areas).

Step 1: Scope of works and a specification

After reviewing your drawings or site, your consultant will identify the tasks demanding work at height and the areas where access is required. Minimum compliance requirements and response schedules for equipment will be prescribed and drawings can be provided detailing quantities and site-specific designs.

Step 2: Risk Assessment
In a highly visual report, Workplace Access & Safety will identify hazards and apply the hierarchy of control for working at heights to assess risks in accordance with the likelihood and severity of injury based on the scope of works – both while the equipment is being installed and during its years of maintenance.

Step 3: Design
Answering the risk assessment, Workplace Access & Safety will design a system that indicates the height safety control for each of the hazards in line with the Safety in Design Code of Practice, Australian Standards, fall prevention legislation and the WHS Act.

Step 4: Cost estimates

We’ll provide detailed costings that your client can rely on and budget accurately, encapsulating the construction costs of fabrication, equipment and installation. We can also provide access for maintenance costings.

Handover-ready safety in design package

With the scope of works, risk assessment and design complete, ask your Workplace Access & Safety consultant to prepare a handover-ready package that satisfies your safety in design obligations and makes perfect sense to builders.

Bill of materials

All the details of the height safety system are spelled out in the comprehensive bill of materials. Beyond simple product specification and quantities, the bill of materials also explains how the height safety equipment is integrated into the structure so it can be installed seamlessly during the construction phase.

Safety in design certificate

Complete the package with a safety in design certificate that confirms the entire height safety system – both the design and equipment laid out in the bill of materials – conforms to the Safety in Design Code of Practice, Australian Standards, fall prevention legislation and the WHS Act.

Sequence of work reaps savings

The sequence of installation is planned to avoid out-of-sequence construction, expensive retro-fits, rectification work.

Design brief

Whether you need to present a design brief to a client or incorporate requirements into a standard design template, Workplace Access & Safety can provide an unambiguous document to ensure compliant offerings.

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