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height safety inspections

A regular height safety audit is required to ensure that safe access to heights continues to be provided & maintained.

roof & plant access

​modifications to structures and buildings can change the compliance of access systems . A regular inspection regime ensures access to roofs and plant is compliant      

We recommend 12 monthly inspections of fixed ladder & stairs to ensure compliance with AS 1657 

stairs & ladders

AS 1657 requires stair tread nosings to be clearly visible and as these are subject to wear they need regular inspection & maintenance.

We recommend 12 monthly inspections of portable ladders to ensure compliance with AS/NZS 1892.

portable ladders

portable ladders are subject to wear and tear and require regular inspections to ensure they are fit for use. This ladder has broken cross stays - yet was tagged as  ok 2 days earlier

We recommend 12 monthly inspections of platforms, gates and guardrails to ensure compliance with AS 1657 

platforms, gates, guardrails

self closing gates and removable guardrails are subject to wear and tear and require regular inspections to ensure they are operational and comply to AS 1657

Anchors, static lines and horizontal rails require 12 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891

fall arrest systems

Roof repairs and changes can see anchors removed or altered rendering them unsafe and non compliant.

The fixings have been removed from 1 side of this anchor  leaving it unsafe & non compliant

Fall arrest equipment requires 6 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891

fall arrest equipment

fall arrest harnesses and equipment such as ropes, slings and webbing straps must be inspected every 6 mths and have a limited life span.

Height Safety Inspections

 

Any areas at height, access to them and  fall arrest systems all need to be regularly inspected to ensure that they are safe, in good order and compliant. This includes:

  • stairs, ladders, landings, walkways,

  • work areas, platforms, gantries, plant, guardrails and

  • fall arrest systems, anchors, static lines, harnesses and PPE

​This is part of the legislative requirement to provide and maintain a safe workplace.

 

Access Safety Australia undertakes regular inspections of fall arrest equipment to ensure that roof anchors, static lines, harnesses & PPE are safe for use and compliant with OHS legislation, Australian Standards and manufacturers specifications.

Our regular inspections of fall prevention equipment ensures that stairs, ladders, walkways, guardrails, gantries and platforms are safe for use and compliant with OHS legislation, Australian Standards and manufacturers specifications.

                                 

Stairs, fixed ladders & portable ladders:


There is no mandated inspection schedule for these items however in order to comply with legislation they must be maintained and comply with relevant standards :

AS 1657: Fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders  or

AS/NZS 1892 Portable ladders


AS 1657 requires stair tread nosings to be clearly visible and as these are subject to wear they need inspection & maintenance.

As portable ladders are subject to misuse and damage we often see non compliant, damaged and dangerous ladders in workplaces and recommend 12 monthly inspections to ensure compliance with AS/NZS 1892.


Fixed walkways, platforms & guardrails


There is no required inspection schedule for these items however in order to comply with legislation they must be maintained and comply with relevant standards : AS 1657 

 

As self closing gates and removable guardrails are subject to misuse and damage we often see non compliant & damaged gates and guardrails in workplaces and recommend 12 monthly inspections to ensure compliance with AS 1657


Fall arrest systems

 

Fall arrest systems: Anchor points, horizontal lifelines (static lines) & rails, vertical (ladder) lifelines.
Anchors (drilled in) require 12 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891
Anchors require  12 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891. (or as recommended by the manufacturer to a maximum of 5 yearly)

 

Horizontal lifelines (static lines) and rails require 12 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891. (or as recommended by the manufacturer to a maximum of 5 yearly)

 

Vertical (ladder) lifelines require 12 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891. (or as recommended by the manufacturer to a maximum of 5 yearly)

Fall arrest equipment

 

Fall arrest equipment: PPE, Harnesses, lanyards, fall arrest devices, ropes and slings require 6 monthly inspections as per AS/NZS 1891.

 

It should be noted that harsh environments (such as construction or mine sites) can require more frequent inspections and this is often done on a 3 monthly basis to tie in with colour coded test and tag cycles.

 

Test and Tag

 

Equipment that requires regular inspection should be tagged to show it has passed inspection, is compliant and safe for use.

Unfortunately we attend many sites where anchors, static lines, ladders and fall arrest equipment has been tagged at regular intervals despite being broken, non compliant or incorrectly installed.

It is vital to have an inspector that is independent and not associated with the installer.

Access Safety Australia provides a true independent inspection service for all height safety systems and equipment.