Released in July 2018 by WAHA, the Working At Height Association, this code is a welcome addition to the height safety industry.
Why has this code been written?
As many of you will be aware, the height safety industry has been, for the most part, governed by self-certification. As an industry, there has been a lack of clear instruction and definitions on the correct methods for system installation, inspection and use, and this can lead to unsatisfactory and unsafe results, causing major problems for those working at height. The code aims to offer guidance to designers, installers, inspectors, facility managers, building owners and end users in regard to safe installation and industry expectations.
Which systems does it relate to?
The code covers permanent anchor systems, lifeline and rail systems. A broad range of topics are discussed, including clarification on the types of systems, layout requirements and system installation criteria.
What else does the code cover?
Additional subject areas that are featured in the code are techniques, design, assessment, commissioning, certification, documentation and handover. A full explanation of the hierarchy of control for fall prevention has been detailed as well rescue planning.
Who is WAHA?
The Working At Height Association is a group of dedicated height safety experts who have identified the need for an organisation to be instrumental in furthering the highest standard of equipment and competency throughout the working at height industry. It's objectives are:
- To be recognised as a industry body dedicated to the ongoing development, training and education of persons working at height.
- To facilitate the exchange of technical information and encourage further research into industry issues.
- To strive to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities as a result of falls from height.
- To drive compliance and competency in the areas of equipment design, selection and use.