WHY USE FALL PROTECTION?
Falls from heights are the single biggest cause of death or serious injury in the workplace. For businesses whose staff and maintenance teams need to work at height quickly and effectively, fall protection is increasingly important.
Health and Safety legislation and the controlling organisations are enforcing stricter rules and best practice for safe access and working at heights. Doing nothing is not an option.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE?
To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015
A PCBU and/or employer shall take all practicable steps to ensure where a person could fall from one level to another causing injury;
- Means are provided to prevent the employee from falling.
- Any means so provided are suitable for the purpose for which they are to be used.
- Consideration should also be given to situations where a person may slide down an inclined surface before reaching a point at which the fall can occur.
LEGISLATION & COMPLIANCE
The requirement for fall protection is defined by law, and to guidelines set out by safety standards authorities. Worksafe NZ publishes the 'Best practice guidelines for working at height in New Zealand'. This document provides practical guidence to employers, contractors, employees and all other engaged in work associated with working at height and how they can meet their obligations under the Health & Safety at Work Act 2015 and associated legislative guidelines.
FALL PROTECTION STANDARDS & BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES
- These set the standard for the manufacture of equipment and application of safety systems.
- Refer to 'Best practice guidelines for working at height in New Zealand'
- Fall protection systems should conform to the relevant Australian/New Zealand Standards.
- Standards bodies are voluntary compliance boards.
- Safety Standards are the minimum acceptable requirement, providing a minimum performance guide
- AS/NZS 1891.1 Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices
Part 1: Safety belts and harnesses.
- AS/NZS 1891.2: Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices
- AS/NZS 1891.3: Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices
- AS/NZS 1891.4: Industrial fall-arrest systems and devices
Part 2: Horizontal lifeline and rail systems.
Part 3: Fall-arrest devices.
Part 4: Selection, use and maintenance.
To meet the requirements of the Health and Safety At Work Act 2015
- Designers, specifiers such as architects and engineers, building owners and PCBU's have a responsibility to ensure that the project is designed to be erected, used and maintained without putting persons at risk of serious harm.
- Those who own, lease or use buildings or plant have a responsibility for the safety of those involved in its maintenance and repair.
- Areas that require regular service and maintenance should be provided with permanent safe access and work platforms. In less frequented areas, permanent anchorages for scaffolding or fall arrest systems may be appropriate.
- Persons with control of places of work should provide training or induction procedures that will make outside contractors aware of the hazards in the area where they are to work.
- Taking all practicable steps is where a PCBU such as a company and/or individual has done everything within reason to reduce and or eliminate the hazard or risk associated with a job.
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