How do you know if your workplace is compliant?
If you or your personnel need to work at heights as part of your regular duties, you need to ensure that your premises are safe and compliant. This includes requirements to:
- Ensure any work involving the risk of a fall is carried out on the ground or on a solid construction
- Provide safe means to access and exit a workplace
- Minimise the risk of falls by providing a fall prevention device, work positioning system or a fall arrest system
The design and installation of fall protection equipment must be carried out by qualified height safety professional. It is an investment in safety and its significance should never be undervalued.
It is imperative that the systems being installed are not only safe and practical, but compliant to all the relevant standards, codes of practice and building codes of Australia. Compliance to height safety obligations is a tricky business, as previously compliant systems can be rendered unsafe or non-compliant due to numerous external environmental factors, including structural changes to the building, compromised building material or damaged height safety equipment.
The only way you can rest assured that your system is compliant is to have it audited and inspected by a height safety specialist.
If it is determined that your premises are not height safety compliant, then the area is deemed unsafe, and work must cease until the appropriate equipment is installed.