The Need for Safety Inspections
Working at heights is dangerous so there is comprehensive legislation in place to ensure that safety devices and equipment are provided to prevent accidents or reduce their effect. This equipment includes walkways with guardrails, fixed and portable ladders and fall prevention or arrest systems.
This equipment is often used in harsh environments and can be subjected to rough use that can cause it to deteriorate and become less effective. It is, however, crucial to the safe operation of a site and so regular safety inspections are essential to ensure that all equipment remains fit for use. The frequency is determined on use but at least 12 monthly. Read More
Compliance through Height Safety Inspections
The need for height safety equipment inspection is specified in various Australian Standards and we carry out testing and inspection that meets those standards as an absolute minimum:
- AS 1657:2018 covers fixed platforms, walkways, stairs and fixed ladders. Damage can occur with misuse and we recommend inspections each year.
- AS/NZS 1892 deals with portable ladders. These are particularly prone to damage through misuse and should be checked at least annually.
- AS/NZS 1891 is for fall arrest systems and equipment of various types. Anchor points, lifelines and rails are to be inspected every twelve months while lanyards, slings, ropes, harnesses, fall arrest devices and PPE are to be tested six-monthly. In particularly harsh environments such as construction sites, we recommend testing at three-monthly intervals due to the excessive wear that can occur.
Whatever inspection periods are specified, or if none apply, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that all systems such as walkway systems and equipment are in good working order. A failure to comply can result in severe penalties and will endanger the safety of workers and affect productivity.
Thorough Safety Inspections and Testing
At Workplace Access & Safety, we design safety systems that we know will work well. However, we also know that even the best systems can deteriorate and need to be kept in good working order.
During height safety inspections, we’ll visually check every item to ensure there are no signs of wear, looseness or anything that needs attention. We’ll also undertake any necessary load tests and check your procedures to ensure they’re adequate. Then we’ll report any non-compliance and any items that need repair or replacement. In accordance with legislation, we’ll re-certify and tag every item that passes the tests so users can be assured of their reliability.
We conduct a weekly review to keep up to date with the latest legislation and regulations so we know what’s required and can make sure you don’t become non-compliant due to not being aware. We provide an independent service so you can be confident we’ll give an unbiased view of what’s right and what isn’t.
When it comes to height safety inspections, you owe it to your workers to keep them safe and you can’t risk being non-compliant with legislation. We can provide a complete safety service that covers assessment, design, project management, inspection and maintenance. So contact us to book an inspection today so you can be sure everything is in good working order. Read Less