be an updating of Part 4 of the standard – AS/NZS This covers how fall protection equipment is to be selected, used and maintained. appendix in AS/NZS , refer to the definitions in the. Glossary, on page * . The inspection and maintenance instructions of height safety. AS/NZS gives guidance on equipment selection for the right situation. Fall protection plans are similar to work method statements.
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The new edition of Part 4 will also clarify the amount of ground clearance required in a variety of potential fall situations.
This type of equipment makes fall protection programs for maintenance and construction crews easier and safer. The changes brought about in this standard have the full support of fall protection users and equipment manufacturers, as it is generally believed that this will create a safer working environment for people working at heights. az
Information on Australian Standards® AS and AS/NZS – Standards Australia
The risks of working at height are often misunderstood by many people, but there are 10 crucial This will make the setting up of fall arrest systems far safer, accurate and above all, realistic. If a person wishes to work in ‘restraint’, the new xs is for the equipment and anchorage they are using to be classified as ‘fall arrest’ this usually means the equipment is to be fitted with an energy absorber. Preventing heat-related illness in the workplace. This one change to the standard will make working at heights dramatically safer.
This new change in the regulations ass require all harnesses to be manufactured up to this level. Having a prominent frontal connection point will also facilitate a rescue connection, should there be a need to rescue the wearer after a fall.
It is foreseeable in the future that this type of ‘lower body harness’ may well be removed from the industrial fall protection market altogether.
The upgrading of the standard also includes a requirement to increase the strength of the latches on connection components, such as hooks.
Information on Australian Standards® AS 1891.4:2009 and AS/NZS 5532:2013
While there are many harnesses out in the workplace with frontal connection, only some eg, Miller ‘Towerworker’ and ‘Stretchguard’, distributed by Sperian have been rated as ‘full fall arrest’. Innovating our way through the healthcare data tsunami Innovative enclosed blood collection system New discovery on how baby’s sex determined Stethoscopes loaded with bacteria Third Atlas to drive healthcare improvements.
The other major change is that all harnesses made to the new standard will be fitted with a ‘full fall arrest’ anchorage point on the front of the harnesses. Safe jetty access implemented at coal terminal John Holland designed the Mobile Swing-stage Gantry in an effort to keep workers safe while One of the main benefits of having a frontal fall arrest point on a harness is the ease with which such a harness can be used with many of the installed fall arrest systems that are rapidly making access to even very complex structures safer.
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For example, the limits of sit harnesses are more precisely defined they are not allowed to be used where there is a risk of more than mm of free fall.
This change will make harnesses easier to use for people working in many industries as it will enable them to comfortably connect to their fall arrest systems and to easily confirm that connection. This will bring these components up to international standards. The dangers of festive season fatigue.
New fall protection standards
Leading 1891.4 fall protection — defining the risk With the increase of awareness around working at height, the use of SRLs 18914. a means of effective These systems allow the person to be continuously connected to the structure from the moment that they leave the ground. A major change for many aas will affect how they work in ‘restraint’ where they are connected to a structure in a way that prevents them getting to a position where they may risk a free fall. Why material choice matters with fall arrest equipment.
Other changes to Part 4 clear up some of the misunderstandings that have evolved in the industry over the last few years. This covers how fall protection equipment is to be selected, used and maintained. With the increase of awareness around working at height, the use of SRLs as a means of effective New fall protection standards.