Roof anchor points are a key component of fall arrest systems, but there is a lot of confusion as to what standards apply to the installation and certification of anchor points. This article will consider the current regulations and standards that apply in regard to work health and safety legislation, as well as some practical points to ensure that your roof access system is compliant and provides a safe working environment for your staff.What Standards Relate To Roof Anchor Points?
The Work Health and Safety legislation requires employers to provide a safe working environment for staff. This legislation requires employers to provide, as far as is practical, systems that protect the health and safety of persons that are working on and around the site.
The Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces Code of Practice includes a section relating to anchor points, stating: Each anchorage point should comply with the requirements of AS/NZS 1891:4 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices selection, use and maintenance.
A review of AS/NZS 5532 is currently underway, which addresses the installation of fall arrest systems. This standard directly relates to the manufacture and distribution of safety and installation documentation of fall arrest systems.
SafeWork NSW advises that products would be expected to comply with the strength requirements of the well-established AS/NZS 1891.4 until the review of AS/NZS 5532 is completed.
The Working At Height Association, the peak body of the fall arrest installation industry, continues to inform, educate and update members of the association with current developments and submissions with the review of AS/NZS 5532.How are Roof Anchor Points Tested By Manufacturers?
AS/NZS 5532 requires anchor points to undergo dynamic testing in a NATA accredited laboratory to the minimum standards of ISO17025. Two person anchor points are required to pass the dynamic load of dropping 150kg through two meters. Single person anchor points have to withstand a dropped 100kg load through two meters. Following the release of the load, the anchor points need to be able to withstand the load for a further three minutes. Upon inspection, the anchors must not display any breakage or cracking. How are Roof Anchor Points Installed?
Only certified roof anchor points installers should be used for the installation of roof anchor points. Certified installers keep abreast of the latest developments in the industry. Certified installers will analyse the condition of the roof and the intended use of the working environment and identify the most suitable roof anchor system
. How are Roof Anchor Points Certified?
Only certified roof anchor point installers should be used for the certification of roof anchor points. WHS regulations require roof anchor points in NSW to be annually certified to ensure they are in good working order. Upon completion of the inspection process, a certificate of compliance valid for 12 months will be issued.Who is tredRite?
tredRITE is a dynamic height safety firm based in Sydney that provides class-leading anchor point installation
and certification services. As an affiliate member of the Working At Heights Association, the tredRITE team is fully trained and qualified to provide safe roof access systems that not only comply with the latest legislation but also provide a safe working environment that you can rely on.