Stop! Before you commence work at height you need to read this.

Working at Height - Safety on a Page

1.  Ensure all workplace WHS requirements are identified and understood. A risk assessment with a safe work method procedure must be completed and approved by management prior to work commencing. Read our article, "What is a SWMS" for more information.

2.  Authorisation to access any risk area must be obtained from the person in control of the workplace. 

3.  Persons must not be allowed to work alone in fall arrest situations in case emergency rescue assistance or first aid is required. 

4.  All applicable Australian Standards, OHS Acts & Regulations, and Codes of Practice & Guidelines must be read and obeyed when working at heights. Visit our Industry Information page for links to documents and websites.

5.  Before undertaking any work at height check that the systems and equipment you will be using are the appropriate for the task. Using makeshift equipment that has inadequate or no fall protection should never be considered as an option.

5.  Prior to the use of fall protection equipment, ensure all operating procedures have been read and properly understood. 

6.  Fall arrest systems must only be used by competent persons who have experience and training in the safe use of the system and associated equipment. Training must be undertaken by a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

7.  Only approved full body harness, gear and equipment with an energy absorber certified to Australian Standards AS/NZS 1891 is to be used with any fall arrest system. 

8.  Visually inspect any systems for damage prior to use. Systems must not be used if there is any deterioration or deformation of components or the structure to which the system is attached. 

Worker helping fit harness

9.  If the safety system is damaged or has arrested a fall, discontinue use until it has been fully inspected and recertified by a competent height safety equipment inspector. 

10. Ensure all fixings, fittings and components are securely attached. Any tightening, adjustment or replacement of components must be carried out by a competent height safety inspector. 

11. Access and fall protection systems require periodic inspection and maintenance by a qualified height safety inspector. The system MUST NOT be used if the service date is overdue. 

12. A rescue plan must be formulated and ready for implementation prior to using any fall arrest system. Immediate rescue is essential when persons sustain a fall while using fall arrest equipment as they are in significant risk of Suspension Trauma.

For more assistance on working at height and correct equipment and system selection, contact Sayfa on 1300 301 755 or [email protected].